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Celebrate National Stepfamily Day on September 16!

Friday, September 14, 2012
Don't forget to celebrate National Stepfamily Day on Sunday, September 16! This holiday was created by Christy Borgeld in Michigan in 1997.  It was entered into the Congressional Record on September 13, 2000, when Rep. Debbie Stabenow recognized this day to "celebrate the importance of stepfamilies throughout our nation." Christy also founded the National Stepfamily Day Foundation, a great source of support for blended families.

If you are looking for some ways to celebrate this weekend, The National Stepfamily Day Foundation produced a video, "Ways to Celebrate National Stepfamily Day" three years ago. And, it also produced "101 Things to Do on National Stepfamily Day."  You don't have to do anything complicated or fancy.  I hope remarried couples just pause a moment and give themselves a pat on the back and hug to celebrate their hard work and dedication to raising healthy and happy blended families. 

I want to personally thank Christy Borgeld for her hard work and dedication to helping step- and blended families over the years. Kudos to her for being the first person to reach out to many government officials at both the Federal and State levels to garner their support for National Stepfamily Day.  She has sought an official Presidential Proclamation of National Stepfamily Day, and I hope that all of us together can help bring it to fruition.  

This year we decided to feature an article, "Top 5 Reasons Why U.S. Presidents Have Neglected to Make National Stepfamily Day an Official Holiday." It's a little tongue-in-cheek.  But, seriously, we at RemarriageWorks would like to know...why do you think they haven't?

Unfortunately, my blended family will be scattered all around the East Coast this National Stepfamily Day, and we won't be able to celebrate together. All of our kids will be in my thoughts. And, you can bet I'll be patting my husband on the back and giving him a hug for all of his hard work, love, and dedication in helping us try to build a happy, healthy, and successful stepfamily.  Happy National Stepfamily Day to all!

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