How does the blended family really work?
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Brandi - posted on 01/19/2009
Absolutely it can work out and be very happy. I married a man with three children and we have 2 of our own. The ex is a constant part of our lives, which sometimes can be trying, but I've learned to better communicate with her so that I don't put so much pressure on my husband. The thing you need to do is understand eachother's parenting quirks and disciplines and make sure you agree on everything as far as the kids are concerned, or it will lead to some unhappy arguments. You just have to talk everything out and not get angry; it is so easy to do when you mix kids, but if you really want to make a relationship work, it takes work, with or without kiddos in the mix. There is NO doubt in my mind that a blended family works and it can be happy. I love my family and my step-kids are my kids just as much as my biological boys.
Vicki - posted on 01/18/2009
We have a total of 5, and found that routine, and time together away from life’s distraction work for us. Teens (4 teens, 1 young adult) are not happy when you remove their network, but they will get over it with patient and love. Removing their network, lets them find time together, and grow.