There’s no longer a single dominant family form in the United States. The shape of the family is evolving, and many couples contemplating marriage today must consider their children from previous relationships as they plan their new lives together. A Unity Sand Ceremony for blended families can be an excellent way to make sure everyone is included.
In 1960, 73 percent of American children were living with their married parents, and the parents were each in their first and probably only marriage, according to statistics compiled by the Pew Research Council. By 1980, 61 percent of children were living in this sort of situation. Today, just 46 percent of children – less than half – live in what some call a “traditional” family situation.
There’s no reason to apply judgment or criticism to these numbers, however. They simply state today’s reality. And they provide a kind of comfort and camaraderie for families like yours. You’re not alone as you blend two families together.