The media seems to have a love affair with the designation "blended family." "Blended" is like hearing chalk screech on a chalkboard. Stepfamilies are not blended! Healthy ones recognize that children from prior relationships have two families and do not blend solely into one family.
Stepfamilies that try to ignore this reality are typically doomed to either failure or considerable unhappiness on the part of several or all of the stepfamily members.
We are combined families, extended families, expanded families, almost anything is better than blended as a designation!
Personally I have never really liked using the term blended. What are your thoughts?
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