Blended families aren't a new thing: expert

The Brady Bunch is one of the most famous blended families.Photo / AP
The Brady Bunch is one of the most famous blended families.Photo / AP

Psychologist Nigel Latta wants to be done with the term "broken homes" - it's a loaded phrase that's making families feel bad.

"We've raised children in blended families throughout the entire human history, they're very normal families," says Latta, a Kiwi family expert, familiar from his work on television.

"It used to be back in the day your dad would get sat on by a mammoth so you would move in to the cave next door... it's a very normal way of raising children."

On the back of the release of his new book, The Modern Family Survival Guide, Latta sits down with Life & Style Editor Nicky Park to talk about understanding blended families and doing your best to raise a happy family.

Check out the interview below and share your stories of blended families in the comment section below.


* The Modern Family Survival Guide, by Nigel Latta, published by Random House, is available now. RRP $39.99.

Nicky Park

Editor of Life & Style.

Nicky lives to wine, dine and thrive. As Life & Style Editor at the New Zealand Herald online, she feels lucky she can call this work. Nicky crafted her writing skills as a cadet for an Australian news wire. Amongst the coverage of sport, news, finance and courts she found a favourite in features. A stint as a foreign correspondent sent this chipper Aussie across the Tasman, covering the big issues of the Pacific Islands. Every single day Nicky relishes the opportunities she has to mix and mingle with interesting people, feast on delicious food, visit new places and write all about it. Nicky wants everyone to make the most of their minutes, learn lots and live their best life.

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