blended family

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1. a group of people related by blood or marriage or a strong common bond, such as those descended from a common ancestor, or a husband, wife, and their children.
2. a taxonomic category below an order and above a genus.
blended family a family unit composed of a married couple and their offspring including some from previous marriages.
dysfunctional family one in which adult caregivers are unable to consistently fulfill their family responsibilities.
extended family a nuclear family and their close relatives, such as the children's grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
nuclear family a family consisting of a two-generation relationship of parents and children, living together and more or less isolated from their extended family.
nuclear dyad family a husband and wife with no children.
family of origin the family in which a person grew up.
family processes the psychosocial, physiological, and spiritual functions and relationships within the family unit; for nursing diagnoses, see under process.
single-parent family a lone parent and offspring living together as a family unit.
skewed family a family in which one spouse is severely dysfunctional and the other spouse assumes an acquiescent, peacemaking stance to maintain equilibrium.
family (omaha) in the omaha system, a problem modifier defined as a social unit or related group of individuals who live together and who experience a health-related problem.

blended family

Etymology: ME, blenden, to mix
a family formed when parents bring together children from previous marriages.

blended family

A family unit comprised of both biological and adopted children, and/or with children of different races, and/or a family with step-parent relationships arising from remarriage with parents who already have children from a previous marriage or relationship.

blend·ed fam·i·ly

(blend'ĕd fam'i-lē)
Family group that includes children from past and present relationships.

Blended family

A family formed by the remarriage of a divorced or widowed parent. It includes the new husband and wife, plus some or all of their children from previous marriages.
Mentioned in: Family Therapy
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This can make estate planning in a blended family particularly difficult, as it can take more work to ensure that everyone feels like they are being treated fairly.
Comparing and discussing the problems and pleasures of living and growing up in a blended family (stepfamily)
She juggles both boyfriends, her part-time job, and her blended family, all while feeling like "spider soup" inside.
8220;We've put too much emphasis on solving blended family problems and not enough on instant-father struggles.
The blended family enjoyed Christmas at Warne's home, where the children enjoyed a dip in the pool, defying the unseasonably stormy summer weather.
It can't be easy for her to figure out her place in your blended family.
Adaptable to fit the needs of particular clients, the progress notes are organized around 34 main presenting problems, such as blended family problems, attachment disorder, divorce reaction, fire setting, and speech and language disorders.
Powerful Heartwarming Stories of Blended Family Relationships
Written by American Association of Christian Counselors member Maxine Marsolini, Raising Children in Blended Families: Helpful Insights, Expert Opinions, and True Stories is a guide especially for Christian parents facing the unique challenges of a blended family and being a stepparent.
The point of the story is that each place on the triangle of the blended family is impossible.