As you all know, I’m passionate about facilitating a peaceful divorce
for couples, for many reasons. But a primary reason is to protect the
children involved. Life moves on after divorce, though, and another hurdle
you may face is blending families, should you meet someone (with children
of their own) and decide to remarry.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 1,300 new
stepfamilies formed every day in the United States (that is by marriage).
And of the 60 million American children younger than 13, half are currently
living with one biological parent and that parent’s partner. With
all of these wedding happening that are creating blended families, one
of the trends I’ve noticed recently is that couples are trying to
find ways to include their stepchildren in their marriage ceremony and
commemorate the union of all members of the new blended family.
Recognizing and paying tribute to the children in a newly blended family
is a great way for couples to help children realize they are not losing
a parent, but rather gaining another person or group of people to love
and support them throughout their future.