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8 Tips To A Stress-Free Holiday: Blended Family Style!

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.

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Plan to celebrate life and create a theme of loving gratitude. Decide who will host the dinner, carve the turkey and send out invitations.


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If you know that money is tight, communicate to everyone that all hands need to be on deck. Nothing spoils an occasion like money drama. Set a budget and stick to it.


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Create a VIP atmosphere and celebrate with easy-going friends and family.


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Break out the Pictionary, Scrabble or play a game of charades. It will ease the evening with good old fashion competition and laughter.


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Enough said.


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Set the mood and tone of the evening by having your guests share what they are thankful for.


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The absolute mood setter for every family function.


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You and your family deserve a stress-free holiday.

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  1. Karen Taylor Bass

    November 22, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Thank you Rene and Ella for the support. It’s truly important that as a tribe we communicate and empower others to simply be and enjoy the holiday of #gratitude. #Blessings

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