Blood vs. Step

by JOSE LEON

Staff Writer

The saying  “blood is always thicker than water”  means that your family will always mean more than the people you meet. That may not be the case anymore for recent studies prove that stepfamilies are closer and have a better bond than families that have been born and raised together without divorce. This fact may sound shocking and  more unbelievable than true but the studies made it to one simple conclusion, the stepfamilies tend to become closer and build a stronger bond because there is no competition for affection from their parents. The parents tend to unknowingly give their biological children more affection than their stepchildren so it kills the competition between siblings. Though that study only applies to siblings in a stepfamily, another study that was taken on the whole family unit, the result were the same as the first study; blood is not as close as step because stepfamilies need to actually have to get to know one another whereas biological families believe they know everything about their family and do not need to spend time trying to know one another. This communication that stepfamilies have do not only strengthen the bond as a family but in a sense bring them closer as friends,  trying to help one another with mutual pains whether that be coping with divorced parents or understanding why everyone in their new  family are the way they are. It is the biological families that feel that they do not need to spend the time getting to know their children, parents, or siblings which is what drives the division between themselves and keeps them from breaking down the barrier that each to some extent have to the rest of their family.               

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