8 Tips To A Stress-Free Holiday:
Blended Family Style!
Let’s face it – the traditional American family is no longer. Just like peanut butter and jelly – America is a blended, stepfamily sandwich. The blended family has become the norm and sometimes when there is much unchannelled energy in a family it can lead to a drama-tic holiday.
Stepfamilies, also known as blended families, are more of a norm now than ever, with 65% of remarriages including children from previous relationships. When families “blend” to create stepfamilies, though, things rarely progress smoothly.
I can share with you from personal experience that having a blended family can get sticky, especially when you add personalities to the mix. My ‘bonus’ son lost his mom on 9/11 and navigating through the countless parenting suggestions from an extend family left me pleading for a timeout. When you care about someone you want to see the best and it’s your job as the peacemaker to do an intake of all the suggestions, create an agenda to uplift your family, and most of all realize that grownups have to earn their title as grownups.
Having open communication, positive attitudes, mutual respect, and plenty of love and patience all have an important place in creating a healthy blended family. According to Winning Stepfamilies website, one of three Americans is now a stepparent, a stepchild, a stepsibling, or some other member of a blended family. Since 2010 blended families have been the predominant family form in the U.S.