Ready or not the Christmas season is upon us. Holidays are all about families, and few things complicate family relationships like remarriage and step parenting.

I didn’t think remarriage had much to do with me– I hope to be married to my love until we both die at 95 holding hands. But both my brothers are divorced (one has remarried) and my dad is now a widower. I’ve been amazed at the change in family dynamics through my brothers remarriage: which parent provides the discipline? how do you include new cousins in the family circle? how do these kids manage three sets of grandparents? what if they don’t want to be part of your family? what if my dad remarries someone horrible?

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Our hope, my hope, is that this subject fosters understanding and charity for all families.