If you’re part of a Blended Family, you probably know that blended families can come with their fair share of complications. There’s often a lot of schedule juggling and calendar sharing that has to happen, but when all parties involved agree that the children are the priority, then blended families totally work.
But what happens when it’s not the immediate family, but the extended family that’s causing issues in your Blended Family. What would you do if your in-laws refused to acknowledge a child you’re bringing in to the family, yet dote on a child who is a product of the new family? How would you react?
One mother shared her frustration and annoyance with her in-laws recently after writing that while they often send her daughter with her current husband birthday and holiday gifts, her oldest daughter who she had with her previous husband is left out.
Some might argue that it’s up to the family members to give gifts as they please, but is it really fair to single out one sibling and exclude the other, even if she isn’t technically ‘their’ family?
What would you do if this was happening to you? Would you cut the family out completely, or try to keep the peace for the sake of family harmony?