114. The Blended Family
A blended family is a family where one
has children that are not biologically related to
other parent. The most famous blended family in
popular culture is the Brady Bunch. The Brady
was a U.S. television show that ran from
1960s into the 1970s. It featured a widowed
, Mr. Brady, who was left to raise three
. Mr. Brady ends up marrying a woman who
three daughters of her own from a previous
. Both adults in the family end up helping
raise children that are not theirs biologically. Half
the children are stepchildren, although all the children
Mr. and Mrs. Brady mom and dad.
television show first came out, it was controversial.
to the Brady Bunch, most television families were
ones, which means a man married a woman
together they raised their children. However, now blended
are seen as normal. Not only do people
after a spouse has died, as in the
show. People remarry after getting divorced. These remarried
often have their own children. Increasingly, many blended
are not even legally married. More and more
live together without getting married.
Blended families happen
divorce and remarriage can be more complicated than
is seen on television. The Bradys, as widows,
't have to worry about visitation rights. In some
families, children live part of the time with
parent. Sometimes one parent sees his or her
only on weekends or during school vacations. The
family also didn't worry about child support payments.
most common type of blended family is a
with children from a previous relationship starts a
relationship with a man. This is because usually
mother has custody of the children.