Discipline can be a point of contention in a blended family. Differences in parenting styles can literally make a couple split -- if you don't take measures to build strong relationships and to ensure that your marriage bond is strong. When Lamar and I were engaged, I got my first glimpse of this step-family dynamic. We had an argument about how I disciplined my kids. I can't even remember exactly what we argued about, but I remember he said the word "ridiculous" and he also said the words "You need to..."