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“Labor Day”: A New Beginning or Growing Pains?

In Parenting by Elizabeth Stephenson

As we celebrate Labor Day and the end to summer, your family may be experiencing a new beginning – a new baby or what’s been called an “ours” baby. Having a new baby is generally a time of joy and celebration, but for blended families it can also bring new challenges.   Experts say that it generally takes between two and five years for a stepfamily to settle into their own unique routine and become a “blended” unit. During those years, everyone – including your children and your ex-spouses – are learning to navigate a whole new world. You and your new spouse are learning new routines and how to live with and love each other. If you and/or your new spouse have minor children, they are dealing with the …