The Ins and Outs of Blending Two Families

From an article by Heidi Eljarbø Morrell Andersen


Remarriage, while a happy occasion for the new bride and groom, can sometimes bring difficult changes when it means blending two families into one. Here are some dos and don’ts to help adjust to a new family makeup.


Don’t think that one person’s way of doing things is the “right” way.
Do find ways to learn from each other’s experiences and different opinions.

Don’t point out everything that bothers you.
Do focus on making others feel comfortable.

Don’t divide the family into “mine” and “yours.”
Do work together as one family unit.

Don’t try to adopt every tradition from both families.
Do make new traditions together.

Don’t take things too seriously.
Do find the humor in situations that might otherwise be frustrating.

Don’t get bogged down with unimportant details.
Do focus on the gospel through family prayer and family home evening.


Learn More

Read more about how Heidi and Arnfinn navigated remarriage and a combined family of nine children.