A Blended Families Holiday: The Survival Guide

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Today, more and more households are straying from the nuclear family model, especially in the United States. In fact, the 2000 census bureau indicates that 67 percent of all families are "blended," or include a couple coming together with children from previous relationships. The pressure of blended family dynamics heightens during the holiday season, as couples struggle to bring their kids together, while still appeasing their exes—who, no doubt, also want time with the little ones.

With so much pressure, blended holidays are classic highways to tension and meltdowns. However, a little bit of planning can go a long way in easing the stress and reducing the anxiety. Here are six tips to help everyone enjoy the holidays—without the headache.