When my mom died, I knew that things would never be the same. However, when my dad decided to get remarried, I realized that it was an opportunity to get to know a new family and make them a part of ours. However, that was easier said than done. I realized that my stepbrothers and stepsisters weren't as interested in blending our families together, which made things uncomfortable and awkward. To make things right, I decided to encourage my family to invest in family counseling, and it really paid off. We were able to learn how to get along and be peaceful, and within no time, we were able to make things work. Read more about blended families here.