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Dr. Randy Laist


Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary states that the definition of a blended family is “a family that includes children from a previous marriage of the wife, husband, or both parents.” With almost half of all marriages in this day and age ending in divorce, and 65 percent of remarriages involving children, it is no surprise that the “blended family” is becoming the new normal. What’s not as surprising is the fact that 66 percent of blended family marriages end in divorce. This is because they bring so much more “baggage” to the table than first-time marriages with no children do. Couples that chose to enter into a blended family relationship have to work much harder and face an entire different set of challenges than “normal” families do.


Kyoko Shirane is in her second semester at Goodwin College, pursuing a degree in health science. Upon completion, she plans to enter into the Nursing program. Her research interests include, the effects of divorce on children, and child development.



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