10 Tips for a Happy Blended Family ...

If you thought celebrity marriageswere the only ones that didn't last, here's a news flash. Half of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce, and within a few years, most divorced people with children marry again. This means that chances are, at one time or another, we’ll be part of a blended family. It’s not easy to combine families, especially if the adults involved don’t get along well, but blended families can be happy. Mine is! Here are my ten tips for a happy blended family…

1. Don’t Try Too Hard

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Kids can tell when grown-ups are just plain trying too hard, and it’s guaranteed to put them off. Sure, it’s nice to make them feel special by preparing their favorite pancakes or letting them choose the movie, but don’t over-do it.