There’s always a unique kind of dynamic with these situations — in our case two parents, each with their own child. That’s our blended family.
Last week we all hauled ourselves upstate and settled into a lakeside cabin, and I came away with some observations.
The interesting dynamic is how a blended family operates in these situations. We did all of the family activities you would expect: Canoeing, swimming, toasting marshmallows, taking a hike to a waterfall, etc.
But, in the end, there’s always a bit of a division that happens at the end of the day. That’s not to say it’s in a bad way, necessarily. But, ultimately, I gravitate toward my son and my girlfriend towards hers. The inescapable fact is that I am ultimately responsible for my son and she for hers, much as we do generally function as a family.
Is that bad? As I said, not necessarily.
But it’s certainly a different component that you don’t find in your traditional family. The hope is that, with time, those divisions are minimized. But I suspect they’ll always be there in some capacity.
My question is does this happen in traditonal families also?