PARIS – The challenges of living in a stepfamily is the topic of a workshop series being offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Oxford County from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting Monday, Oct. 25, at the Extension office, Olson Road, South Paris.

“Although a stepfamily may look like a traditional family with parents and children, the actual differences between step and traditional families are striking,” said Wendy Legg Pollock, Extension educator and leader of the workshop.

“Anyone living in a stepfamily knows how challenging and confusing stepfamily life can be, yet they may be blaming themselves or thinking something is wrong’ with their family rather that realizing how typical these struggles are for most stepfamilies. A valuable feature of the series is the support participants receive from each other as they learn more about these common struggles and ways of dealing with them,” she said.

“Building Strong Stepfamilies” will be held Mondays, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 22. There is no cost, but participants must register by Wednesday, Oct. 20. For more information or to register, call the Extension Office at 743-6329 or 1-800-287-1482.

Persons with disabilities, who need accommodations to participate in the programs, should call the office at least 10 days in advance.

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