Benefits of non-traditional families

Wendy Walsh, PhD Relationship & Parenting Expert, shares advice for parents of blended families on the benefits of raising kids in a non-traditional family
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So many American families have become what we would call "non-traditional." Think of a traditional family being a heterosexual man and a heterosexual woman and they both have the same biological connection to the offspring of that household. But for more than ten years, 40% of American babies have been born out of wedlock. That's while teenage pregnancy rates have been going down. So who's having these babies? Well, older women who have their own resources, single women, cohabiting women, gay families, bisexual families, we are seeing blended families, divorced families. What really matters to kids though is that there's a consistent attachment figure who loves them and who'd gonna be there for them. It doesn't matter how old that "parent figure" is, it doesn't matter what gender they are. What matters is the consistency and the fact that the child is seen for who they are, and neither dominated nor given way too much freedom.

Wendy Walsh, PhD Relationship & Parenting Expert, shares advice for parents of blended families on the benefits of raising kids in a non-traditional family

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Wendy Walsh, PhD

Relationship & Parenting Expert

Dr. Wendy Walsh was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as co-host on The Dr. Phil spinoff, The Doctors TV show. She also hosts Investigation Discovery Network’s “Happily NEVER After,” as well as being part of Dr. Drew’s Behavior Bureau on HLN Network. On CNN and 9 Network, Australia, she breaks down the psychology of sex, love, gender roles, divorce, parenting and other human behaviors. Dr. Wendy is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at California State University, Channel Islands. She holds a B.A. in Journalism, a Masters degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and is the author of three books and numerous publications, including The 30-Day Love Detox. She appears regularly on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Inside Edition, The Katie Couric Show, Jane Velez-Mitchell, and The View.

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