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Travel Parenting in Divorced Families and Remarried Families Mavis Hetherington identifies four myths that create unrealistic expectations for parents as they enter stepfamilies: The nuclear family myth that family members will love and be close to each other, and children will respect both parents in the home The compensatory myth the new spouse and family will be everything that the first family and marriage were not Instant love expectations the stepparent and children will form instant, close, loving bonds Rescue fantasy the new parent will solve all the child-rearing and financial problems in the family and everything will be fine. If parents can be realistic about their own contributions to difficulties and family problems, and work through problems as they arise in the stepfamily, then remarried couples are as happy as nondivorced couples after five or six years. Not everyone works through problems, and about percent of remarriages end in divorce, often in the first few years. Types of Mother and Stepfather Families From his ten-year study of one hundred stepfamilies made up of custodial mothers, stepfathers, and young children and a controlled sample of one hundred nondivorced families, James Bray has provided a basic understanding of developmental issues facing stepfamilies. His major findings include the following: A stepfamily has a natural cycle of changes and transition points.