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Published:December 22nd, 2010 10:23 EST
'Tis the season to be stressed?

'Tis the season to be stressed?

By SOP newswire2

`Tis the season to be stressed? Well, according to Brandi Mitchell, author of "The Blended Family Survival Guide on Getting Married with Children, Yours or Somebody Else`s," families can alleviate some of the drama associated with the holiday by following a few simple tips ...
"The holidays are usually about spending time with family and creating lasting memories, but when the parents live in separate households perhaps with new significant others or spouses, the dynamic changes, because it means the time has to be shared," says Mitchell.  Couple that with the extended family`s wishes to spend time with the children, financial concerns, parent`s feelings of loneliness, and newly blended families struggling to merge their traditions; it can all become overwhelming.
Blended families are one of the fastest growing groups in the United States, yet there still remains many aspects of this family that go unaddressed. With 1300 new blended families being formed everyday, 30 million children now live with their biological parent, and that parent`s partner.
Mitchell offers insider tips for not just making it through the holidays, but for the blended family being happy and full of love all year round.

Mitchell is a product of a tri-blended family - maternal, paternal, and in her own marriage. When Mitchell married the man of her dreams 13 years ago, he came complete with two wonderful boys who had different mothers.  She immediately inherited her new husband`s past and present life, and found herself directly in the middle of an instant family. When she and her husband had their own child together, a new set of challenges presented themselves.  Her blended family went to yet another level when her high school-aged stepson came to live with them, miles away from his biological mother.

Pairing her personal experience, along with four years of extensive research with several couples, singles, and divorcees, Mitchell provides insight to help avoid the drama and conflict normally associated with parents who no longer exist in relationships, yet have to co-parent their child together, often with new spouses.

"My objective for writing The Blended Family Survival Guide was to be the third person of reason in the room for parents in many homes across America that are making major life decisions regarding their children, marriages, and relationships. My goal is to help restore relationships between children and their parents, promote stronger marriages and relationships, and permanently eliminate the allure with the term `Baby Mama/ Baby Daddy,` a sometimes misplaced phrase used to depict mothers and fathers. In essence, this book is the What to Expect When You`re Expecting... but, for blended families," says Mitchell.

Brandi Mitchell currently resides in Roswell, Georgia with her husband of 13 years, one child from their union, and her stepson.  Brandi is a product of a blended family life of 38 years, and a graduate of Florida A & M University with a degree in Psychology. For 15 years she has worked in the film, television, and beauty industry as a celebrity makeup artist, and is the owner of an image consulting  company.
For more information about Brandi Mitchell or purchasing the book, please visit the website: