Blended family showing us how to make it work for the children FEATURED Medowie, Ferodale, Campvale by News Of The Area - Modern Media - September 1, 2016September 2, 2016 Parents Carrie, Mitchell, Kyra, Harry and Jake with their blended brood of children WITH Father’s Day taking place next weekend, what better time to showcase all the wonderful different relationships Dads can play in our families. We have fathers, step fathers, foster and adoptive fathers, and within those roles we have brand new dads, dads to be, and in Medowie, those very special deployed and serving Dads. One unique and all-encompassing Medowie family manages to tick a lot of those role boxes in one go! They are the true essence of a blended family. This family story began with a young Kyra and Mitchell, who met in high school. Kyra and Mitchell had Lexi (now 10) and twins Lucy and Lyla (6). When they separated, Mitchell met Carrie who already had children; Tristan (17), Brianna (16), Jackson (14) and Avril (13). Kyra met Jake, who already had Kaidyn (14) and Gracie (11), and together they added Avah (4). Now, to round off the blended family, let’s introduce Harrison – Kyra’s partner. Harrison plays an important role in the family, bringing no extra children to the mix, yet choosing to love a whole collection of children as his own. News Of The Area met with this family of Dads, their partners and their children. Mitchell, when asked how he adjusted to another man playing a parenting role with his children remarked to News Of The Area “why would I resent the presence of someone who loves my kids as much as I do? If I disrespected him he would start to resent my kids for it and they would suffer.” Jake lamented on the transition to being a parent in a blended family “I think if you put the fact that kids love everyone the same and just want mum and dad happy, it is easier. “If you have someone like Mitchell and Harry around you at least know they will love and protect the kids the same way you would – Father’s Day is a good day to give recognition to all the dads that are man enough to play a Dad role to someone else’s baby.” Jake remarked. Harrison discussed his feelings with News Of The Area on his role in the family “To me, being part of a blended family is all about the kids – The responsible adults/parental figures need to be able to get along, to be able to provide the kids with an environment that they can thrive in.” “Children need to know nothing but love, and it’s incredibly important. Everyone in a blended family has their moments from time to time; we are still human after all, but the most noticeable emotion for me personally, is how much I miss them when I’m not around them. I may be completely exhausted and overwhelmed, but the second they’re gone, I want them back. But I’m glad they know that feeling of always being wanted.” Harrison told News Of The Area. Happy Father’s Day to all our Medowie Dads – thank you for doing such a wonderful job with our little people. By Rachael VAUGHAN Lucy, Lyla, Lexi, Kaidyn, Avah, Jackson, Avril and Gracie.