There are so many stories about unsuccessful blended families these days that I thought spotlighting one of America’s successful blended families would be a treat! Introducing…..Kris Kardashian and Bruce Jenner from the hit TV reality series “Keeping up with the Kardashians.”
I have to admit that when I first watched Bruce Jenner win Olympic Gold in the 1976 games, and thereafter gracing every box of Wheaties in every grocery store in America, I instantly had the biggest crush on him. Of course, I thought I would end up being Dorothy Hamil one day too….imagine that! Today, being a well-respected father, author, actor, motivational speaker, famous step-father that he is, I can see why he is so appealing.
Kris Kardashian is a beautiful, successful, highly-regarded, savvy business woman and mother of 6. She is an extremely intuitive woman and a wonderful mother. Between the two of them, Kris and Bruce have 10 children. Whew!
Kris, Bruce and their family seem to be the real-life 21st century Brady Bunch, with one exception. Things aren’t always perfect in their family (at least how the show portrays them) and they deal with some of the same issues that most blended families deal with. To make things more complicated, their differences are publicized in front of a national audience. Not only do they have the pressures of having every minute of their daily lives taped for television (albeit at their choice), but they, like all other blended families, share challenges. Through it all, they handle it with resilience, love and little laughter; which in turn allows their children to grow and thrive. Their efforts as parents (bio and step) have been a direct reflection in the success of their children.
Granted, I will put my disclaimer out that I am basing this post on the mere fact that I watch their show religiously because I find it funny and entertaining, and because I am a reality TV junkie, not because I know the facts about their actual personal family issues. I just thought they would be fun to write about!
In closing, with so many remarriages of today failing, it is nice to see two people keep the focus on their family and marriage. Did I mention they have been thriving for 18 long years, most of which occured before reality TV came into existence!
We here at the BFSO say, “Hats Off” to Kris Kardashian and Bruce Jenner. Keep up the good work!
Peace & Blessings,