Blended Families Week: 5 Tips for Blended Family Vacations

BY: - 17 Sep '13 | Blended Families

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It’s ‘Blended Family’ week here on BlackandMarriedwithKids.com and with that in mind we have a few tips that will make each and every blended family vacation a happy one packed with memories.  Here are our tips to help you plan for a blended family vacation.

Family meeting time….  Before booking any ‘blended family’ (especially if your kids are pre-teens/teens) vacation, have a family meeting to discuss the vacation.  Moms and Dads considering what you and your kids enjoy and do some research. Visit a travel agency and grab a few brochures to help narrow the choices beforehand and then let the family as a group decide where you’re going on vacation.

If this is your first trip together as a blended family bring the kids into the conversation and let them feel like they have a voice. Don’t forget that your travel traditions may be new to some in your family so you’ll definitely want to keep them in mind.

Stay on Budget…Always remember to set a budget for the cost of the actual vacation and a separate ‘spending money’ budget.  You only live once so your vacation should be fabulous and fun but you also have to ‘live’ after the vacation.

Communication is important in any marriage but in a blended family it is especially vital. Talk with your spouse about how they normally vacation, how much do they normally spend, and find a common ground before the actual trip.

Consider a Cruise…Cruises have been a popular family vacation option for a very long time.  What I like most about cruises is that they are inclusive and shipboard activities are also included in the price.  Generally there’s something on the cruise (activity wise) that will appeal to every member of the family.  If not, you also have the option to explore the fabulous ports of call and enjoy activities like zip lining, cultural tours and more.

Consider All-Inclusive Resorts…Similar to cruises, all-inclusive resorts in addition to including meals and select beverages also include fabulous activities.  Guests can enjoy anything from snorkeling, jet skiing, swimming and access to resort exclusives like private waterparks.  If your all-inclusive resort is centrally located on a great island/city that opens the door to even more activities that the family can enjoy.

Plan each day’s activities…”If you fail to plan, plan to fail!”   This old adage also applies to vacations (LOL).   Let each member of the family pick one day’s activities.  This will ensure that everyone gets to do something they like and share it with the family.    Be sure to enjoy the resort/destination/cruise by planning one day to do absolutely nothing!

Remember family vacations are a way to get away from daily grind of work and school, but they are also a way to create fun, everlasting memories that every member of the family will cherish.

With your blended family, creating these new memories are very important and a vacation can be a way to get everyone involved in the process.

BMWK family, what vacation tips do you have for blended families? Did a vacation help to bring your blended family together?

 

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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  1. anonymous stepmother

    Sounds great in theory…I guess we need counseling. My husband had child before we married and we have two children together. Is it ok to go on vacation without his daughter? I never know for sure when she is available which makes planning a failure and then he makes me feel guilty for not including her…smh. I want to enjoy my kids too.

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Blended Families Week: 8 StepFamily Resources that We Love

BY: - 17 Sep '13 | Blended Families

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Stepfamily Resources

This week is Blended Families week on the site.  Although we talk about blend families (or step-families) all year long, this is the week that we set aside to really focus on discussing blended families and providing tools and resources that will strengthen those families.  According to the Pew Research Center, over 40% of adults are now in some type of step-relationship ( step-parent, step-child, or step or half sibling.)  And that was a 2011 report….so you know that number has grown since then!

With so many people living in step families, you would think that more people would be talking about them.  But we are finding that people living in the step-families are not talking about their challenges, and churches and organizations are not providing enough programs to support their families.  And unfortunately, the divorce statistics for remarried couples (especially those with children) reflect this reality.

But we know that step-families are a blessing.  And we also know that any family that is built on a foundation of love and respect can work!  It may take time for your step-family to blend…but it will be well worth it in the end.

Here are 8 resources to help you in your quest to strengthen your step-family:

The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family

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The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family -  Ron Deal, Director of FamilyLife Blended, explodes the myth of the "blended" family as he provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues that stepfamilies face. He helps remarried and soon-to-be married couples:
*Recognize the unique personality and place of each family member 
*Solve the everyday puzzles of step parenting and stepchildren relationships 
*Learn communication skills to deal with ex-spouses 
*Honor families of origin while developing new traditions 
*Invest the time to grow their stepfamily slowly rather than look for instant results
This one is my favorite!

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 502 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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