Where's the Lemonade?

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Summary

There are many studies on the adverse effects of divorce and the trials of blended families. In this episode, Darren & Paige are only looking at the "Lemonade" of blended families. That is right put on your "Rose Colored Glasses" and look at all of the benefits of a blended family. If you want all of the hard things that come with a blended family check out all of our other episodes. :)

Show Notes



There are many studies on the adverse effects of divorce and the trials of blended families. In this episode, Darren & Paige are only looking at the "Lemonade" of blended families. That is right put on your "Rose Colored Glasses" and look at all of the benefits of a blended family. If you want all of the hard things that come with a blended family check out all of our other episodes. :) 

For the kids

  • More Christmas presents
  • Two birthdays,
  • Two of the holidays
  • More Grandparents
  • Bonus parents.
  • Kids can see a better model of a relationship. If you are moved past the old baggage.
  • I broader world view. More aunts and uncles, grandparents and parents.
  • Kids tend to become more flexible because of conflict resolution and multiple households.
  • Kids typically score higher on emotional skills: forgiveness, generosity, and negotiation.
  • More siblings. Sam would be an only child 100% of the time. Not just 50%.

For the Parents

  • Sometimes we don't have the kids. Some alone time.
  • Sometimes a step-parent can fill a gap in the bio-parents. My kids' step Dad is a captain for sailing. and an Architect.
  • Sometimes kids bring different perspectives or talents to the family.
  • If you can move past old baggage, you can be more realistic about your relationship.
  • Financial stability over a single parent. More than one source of income.
  • Kids might be more honest with step-parents, be prepared to listen and take the input.
  • Learning to love not just by instinct. More kids to love.
  • Different world view. Blended Families include in-laws and the families are already grown up.
  • We make sure we have learned from our mistakes of our first marriage.
  • Teaches patience.

How to make Lemonade

  • Some of our kids did not start out liking the whole blended family.
  • We have to approach things and find Lemonade.
  • Make a conscious effort to be part of it.
  • Try and find something positive out of something really bad.
  • It takes effort and flexibility.

Lemonade Moment of the Week

Darren getting older gave us an excuse to go out. But everything is locked down. Except the drive-in.

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What is Where's the Lemonade??

They say when life gives you lemons you should make lemonade. Making lemonade is not always easy or possible. For us, we found ourselves single in our 40's with kids at home and starting life over again. Luckily we found each other, online no doubt. When we began blending families, schedules, traditions, and laundry, we discovered lots of lemons. Our podcast is a reflection on how we get through the hard times and enjoy the good times on our new journey together, all with ten kids in tow. Sometimes when life gives you lemons, you make lemon squares. Lemonade might come later.