Lucky Seven Family

Tuesday Tip #27: Find ways to define your blended family

This past weekend, on a gorgeous, sunny day, the country club where my children swim hosted the annual “Big Meet”.  This is where a couple of hundred kids, ages 5 to 16 years old, from five different country clubs compete for the title of “North Shore Swim League Champions”.  As a club, we hosted about 500 people; many parents volunteered to pull off a fantastic event.

In working to define our family, Russell was a volunteer at the “Big Meet’ – just like any other parent.

Working to direct incoming traffic to the correct parking lot (imagine, minivans driven by moms, full of kids and sports cars driven by dads coming with Dunkin’ Donuts — this is a true observation!), Russell’s contribution demonstrated several things:

— despite the three hours distance between us, we are building a presence as a complete family both in Reading, MA and Burlington, VT

— he cares immensely for his step-son and step-daughter  — contributing to an important event for my children demonstrates their importance in his life

Find ways to participate in your step-children’s activities – the rewards are great for all!

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