When you bring together a blended family, everyone (and I mean everyone) will experience growing pains….from the step-parent, to the biological parent, to the kids. They all have to go through a period of adjusting to their new reality. And this period can be easy for some and it can be very difficult for others.
I know this reality all too well as Lamar and I have a blended family. I already had 2 kids when we met; my son was 11 years old and my daughter was 2 years old. Can you imagine what Lamar had to go through being thrust into this ready-made family? Or, what about how my 11 year old son was feeling when he had to move to a new state and live in a home with such a strong male presence. I think the only one that ‘seemed’ to be fine with everything was baby girl…but aren’t 2 year olds pretty much happy about everything??
Eight years later, and if I had to contribute one thing to us thriving (yes thriving) as a family, it would be our (Lamar and I) decision to remain united. We’ve shed some tears and we’ve had some differences, but we have always been able to reassure each other that we are in it together and that we love each other no matter what.
This is why I love this latest Marriage Pressure Points short film, because in 10 minutes it captures the emotions and tensions that blended families face. But, it also shows you that patience and love can truly keep it together.
BMWK – We are honored to host the Official Web Premiere of the film Portrait here on BlackandMarriedwithKids.com. Please take a look at it below and then let us know the keys to your blended family thriving. Can you relate to any of the characters in the movie?
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