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Tuesday Tip #25 – What is Family?

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Luckily for the MODERN, blended family they added the USUALLY!  Although many families do reside in the same dwelling, others maintain more than one household with success!

 

Tuesday Tip #23: Screen Time

Limiting screen time is no new topic for families.  For our blended family, screen time can consume us!  With iPods, iPhones, Kindles, Samsung tablets, and iPads we find ourselves with five kids that are totally consumed with games, texting and Instagram.  Given we only spend weekends, holidays and vacations together, our time as a family is limited.  We’ve decided to limit electronics on vacations to specific periods that coincide with some much needed “down-time”.  Early mornings can be a difficult time for our blended family; two boys that wake up with the sunrise, stomp around, and try to wake the entire household versus two little night owls that prefer to sleep in after a late night of reading make striking a morning balance difficult.  Limited screen time in the early morning allows for the early birds to watch lax videos or play games quietly while giving the sleepy heads an extra hour of rest.  We’ve also decided to “collect” the electronics in a central, adult-controlled location so that the kids aren’t tempted by their electronics at every turn.  This approach gives us controlled quiet time while still allowing for plenty of time for important family discussions and interactions!

I would love to hear how other blended families deal with screen time – give us your input today!

Tuesday Tip #7

Recognize and appreciate the opportunities that your new blended family can bring into your life.  Your spouse/partner and their children will bring new hobbies, new places to visit, & new extended family to get to know and enjoy into the mix – embrace these opportunities!

Tuesday Tip #6

Board games are a great way for your blended family to bond.  No matter how old or young the children are, bonding over a game of Scrabble or Monopoly is not only a way for the brood to grow closer, it’s educational too!

Tuesday Tip #3

Contributing to the family has been an important part of our growth together.  Over the years, we have set the expectation that the children all contribute to the family meal.  Children of all ages can help with jobs such as:  setting the table, pouring milk, getting out the ketchup, cleaning the table, loading the dishwasher, etc.  Make sure everyone has a job and contributes as an important part of the blended family!

Tuesday Tip #1

Build traditions that carry from year to year with your blended family — making Christmas cookies together as a family is one of our favorites!

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Lucky Seven Family is a blog to share the unique experiences of a modern, blended family.

Over the last four years, we have combined 2 families with 3 hours distance between us.  We have 5 great kids, a sweetheart chocolate lab, a guinea pig and 2 intense careers!  We’ve learned so much during our time together; we want to share our stories that include lots of laughter, some tears and boat-loads of fun!

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