National Stepfamily Day 2017

National Stepfamily Day is a day dedicated to the the stepfamily. This day is to accolade all the StepHeroes who decided every day to be parents to all the children in their lives. A stepfamily is also known as a reconstituted family or a blended family in which either one or both members of a couple has children from their previous relationships.

A stepparent, either a stepmother or a stepfather is one to whom the child is not biologically related. The traditional definition of a “stepfamily” is where a married couple, either one or both, have “pre-existing” children who live with them from their former relationship. Now-a-days, the term stepfamily is extended to include all the live-in couples, whether married or not.

When was Stepfamily Day Formed?

National Stepfamily Day is officially recognized on September 16 of each year in the United States, and also in the countries who acknowledge it. Stepfamily Day was formed for all the stepfamilies to spend some time together. It is an honor for the children to accept their stepparents.

Christy Borgeld started the trend of Stepfamily Day in the year 1997. This day was created in order to honor stepfamilies and to give them a day to celebrate a robust family structure. Celebration of this day gives the stepparents, their children and individual family members a recognition. It silently creates a sense of responsibility in all extended family members.

Communities in and across the United States celebrate National Stepfamily Day at organized picnic gatherings.

How is the Day Celebrated?

On this September 16, keep yourself free to enjoy with your new spouse and stepchildren. Local communities in the U.S often plan to celebrate this day. If nothing has been planned from their side, don't get disheartened! Plan your very “own” stepfamily day.

Planning doesn't necessarily mean spending a fortune. You can keep it low. The whole idea behind celebrating Stepfamily Day is to celebrate time with your new family! The following tips may help you:

  • Take a professional family portrait at a studio near you.
  • Go to a beach and make a blended sand bottle that represents your family. Give turn to each of your family member to pour the sand into the bottle with food color. The result symbolizes how all individuals create one beautiful and united family.
  • Write letters to all the members of the stepfamily about what you love about them and what makes them special for you.
  • Plan a camp-out either in the backyard or a park.
  • Make a cookbook by collecting everyone's favorite food along with wacky and nostalgic moments associated with it.

National Stepfamily Day Quotes

Family love is messy clinging and of an annoying and repetitive pattern like bad wallpaper.
Friedrich Nietzsche

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.
Walt Streightiff

Happiness is having a large loving caring close-knit family... in another city.
George Burns

I am married to Beatrice Salkeld a painter. We have no children except me.
Brendan Behan

Never raise your hands to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.
Red Buttons

Keep in mind ... to a dog you are family to a cat you are staff.

We are given children to test us and make us more spiritual.
George Will

The family with an old person in it possesses a jewel.
Chinese Proverb

Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.
Gary Grant

National Stepfamily Day 2017