What is a blended family?

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Today, blended families are more common than not. A blended family is one where two or more families are coming together through a relationship or marriage. Every family is different. As your family goes through transitions and blends together, it can be comprised of stepparents and stepsiblings, the birth or adoption of a new sibling, other family members taking the role as caregiver or the loss of a parent. Your children may resist change and parents can become frustrated when the new family doesn’t function the same way your previous family unit did. Having survived a painful divorce, separation or death of a spouse and then managing to find a new loving relationship, the temptation can often be to rush into a new remarriage without first laying solid foundations. By taking your time, you give everyone a chance to get used to each other and the idea of a new marriage. Here, we look at the entire family system and support recently blended families by listening to their individual and collective concerns. Through family counseling, you will cultivate healthy family relationships and improve effective communication.

– Vivienne Cameron Ovid, MS, RMHC-I with Genesis Counseling & Consulting, Inc. in Boca Raton, Florida

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