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Meet J. Lo And Ben Afleck’s Blended Family–20 Years And 5 Kids Is Just The Beginning
PHOTO BY INSTAGRAM /CHRISAPPLETON1 (LEFT) JLO (RIGHT)
  • Congratulations to the bride and groom, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Afleck! The A-list Hollywood celebrity couple had a low-key wedding in Las Vegas with international reporters sharing an actual photo of their marriage license.

    Jennifer also shared a photo of herself in bed with presumably nothing but her wedding band on. She asked followers to subscribe to On the JLo newsletter for more details on their big day through the post. (We love us a hustlin’ mama!)

    But what might family life look like for Lopez and Afleck, whose first engagement was back in 2002? The couple broke up in 2004 and also publicly rekindled their relationship in 2021. They announced their engagement in April 2021.

    Dedicated as a father as much as to each other

    It’s been 20 years since their first engagement but now, Afleck and Lopez have finally made it to the altar. Afleck and former wife Jennifer Garner share three children together, Violet, Seraphina, Samuel. Lopez and former husband Marc Anthony share twins, Emme and Max, the former being mom Jennifer’s co-performer from time to time.

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    During Father’s Day 2022, Jennifer posted a sweet tribute to him on her newsletter which Hello! Magazine reports. She reportedly said, “Nothing is more fulfilling to me than being able to build a family with someone who I love deeply.”

    She also said, “Just as dedicated to family and to each other as we can be.”

    International news reports have published photos of Jennifer and Ben doing the ordinary things as a blended family since they’ve rekindled their relationship, like taking out Jennifer’s daughter Emme to dinner, car shopping together with Ben’s son Samuel, Emme and Jennifer visiting Ben on his latest movie set, and picking their kids from school.

    Ben has been seen in paparazzi photos sharing a few alone moments with both Jennifer’s kids, like on a shopping trip. All kids have also spent time together, one of the recent public sightings when their family watched Hamilton together one Friday night. Ben’s mom joined the fun, too, says Hollywood Life.

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    Jennifer shares a photo of her hamming it up with Emme while Max plays on his console.
    PHOTO BY INSTAGRAM /JLO

    Hello! Magazine says Jennifer shared this in her newsletter on Father’s Day: “I’ve had a front row seat to watching how you father for over a year now and I have never seen [a] more consistent, loving and selfless father.”

    When it came to her twins she said, “It’s not just to your own kids but also without obligation to mine as well. You show up and put them first always. You are affectionate and engaged in every moment they are with you.”

    Jennifer Lopez shares twins with her ex-husband, Marc Anthony. Emme (left) and Max (right) spend time together.
    PHOTO BY INSTAGRAM /JLO
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    Tips for blended families

    For blended families like Lopez and Afleck’s, it’s important to navigate the transition well, especially before making major life decisions like marriage. Here are three tips from US-based family resource Child Mind Institute:

    1. Don’t give up on any child, especially if you were off to a rough start.

    Child Mind Institute says, “If you had a rocky starts with your stepchild, continue to be an emotionally and physically stable adult who plans on being in their life and their parents for the long-term.

    'It is good to remember that discipline, privileges, and rewards across households should also remain consistent

    Conversely, “If you had a good start, then continue to build and nurture the relationship by remaining connected with the child, asking about their thoughts, dreams, and wishes.

    2. Don’t take it personally if kids are not happy about the new partnership.

    Remember that it’s not easy when children can’t live with both parents or caregivers especially if their parents started out living together with them. It is possible that a child may take out their anger or grief on the step parent. “It is important not to take that personally since it’s not about you. It is about them,” says CMI. 

    Allow kids the space they need to process. It will take time and there’s no need to rush. What parents can focus on is communicating “acceptance, empathy, and validation, says CMI.

    3. Maintain a consistent routine.

    Family plans will change especially when there are big steps of commitment taken by the parents, such as marriage. But maintaining a consistent weekly, monthly, and holiday schedule will provide children security and predictability.

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    'When children see all parents/caregivers working together for their benefit, they feel safe and secure.

    If there are no big life changes just yet, focus on the routine to help kids with the transition. Do not overstep boundaries with your partner’s children and vice versa, especially if this has not been laid out by the biological parents.

    It is good to remember that discipline, privileges, and rewards across households should also remain consistent–that means not one set of parents or house is more “fun” than the other. Especially in an attempt to “win a child over”. There should be no competition between parents, it should always be the child who “wins”.

    CMI says, “When children see all parents/caregivers working together for their benefit, they feel safe and secure.

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