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Old 06-13-2012, 12:39 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever successfully moved in and blended their families with another? Tips to make it successful? Tia!

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Old 06-13-2012, 01:56 PM   #2
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2 families living under one roof...how do you divide bills etc?
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:47 PM   #3
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Oh, that is us! Um, my fiance and our son live (with one baby on the way) with another couple who is trying to conceive. We did it now so that the kids could start out together and it wouldn't be a transition AFTER the kids were here. We LOVE it. My 3 year old loves it- he lives with a "tia' and "tio" that he LOVES, there's lots of attention to go around, and we're planning for shared childcare in the home when the other baby comes.

As far as bills, we split rent 4 ways (4 adults). As far as utilities, it works easily like this for us: one couple is responsible for water and internet, the other for gas and electric. This works out to be even for us. Food is a bit more complicated, but we do "all food is common food", with the exception of leftovers from a restaurant- that is for the person who bought it. Everyone is on their own for lunch and breakfast, we take turns making supper. I like it because I don't have to cook every single night, which is nice.
Hmm, what else...chores we all share- my fiance tends to take care of the back yard, and we all work in the garden, although I do more cleaning in the house and the other couple does more outside, mainly now because I'm pregnant.
I guess I could go on and on, but not sure what you were thinking. I will say there are tough aspects, but I wouldnt trade it for anything.
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Asian families & I'm not 4 sure but all things are kinda pooled together & shared.
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Oh, that is us! Um, my fiance and our son live (with one baby on the way) with another couple who is trying to conceive. We did it now so that the kids could start out together and it wouldn't be a transition AFTER the kids were here. We LOVE it. My 3 year old loves it- he lives with a "tia' and "tio" that he LOVES, there's lots of attention to go around, and we're planning for shared childcare in the home when the other baby comes.

As far as bills, we split rent 4 ways (4 adults). As far as utilities, it works easily like this for us: one couple is responsible for water and internet, the other for gas and electric. This works out to be even for us. Food is a bit more complicated, but we do "all food is common food", with the exception of leftovers from a restaurant- that is for the person who bought it. Everyone is on their own for lunch and breakfast, we take turns making supper. I like it because I don't have to cook every single night, which is nice.
Hmm, what else...chores we all share- my fiance tends to take care of the back yard, and we all work in the garden, although I do more cleaning in the house and the other couple does more outside, mainly now because I'm pregnant.
I guess I could go on and on, but not sure what you were thinking. I will say there are tough aspects, but I wouldnt trade it for anything.
Thank you for your reply

We have 5 kids between us and we plan to live together and have our DHs work so we can stay home with our kids I'd also work part time from home to help with money for extra expenses. Just wanted to hear from other families to make sure we weren't crazy for wanting to do this!

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Old 06-13-2012, 04:34 PM   #6
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We have 5 kids between us and we plan to live together and have our DHs work so we can stay home with our kids I'd also work part time from home to help with money for extra expenses. Just wanted to hear from other families to make sure we weren't crazy for wanting to do this!

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No way, not crazy! I mean, we're only doing it with 1 kid so far, but we both plan to have more in the future, and we couldn't imagine it any other way. All resources seem better used together, for example we have one washing machine now instead of 2, one grass-cutter, etc. I wouldn't trade it for anything. PM me if you ever have any questions- we've been doing it this way for about 3 years now and it definitely had some growing pains, but we're in a good groove with it now.
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This sounds awesome! I wish my DH wasn't such a private person :/ He likes his own space etc etc. I'd love to not only share bills but meals, childcare, toys, appliances etc etc. I sort of wish I lived in a village, and this seems are really nice modern compromise!
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Heh I fantasize about this a little. We have friends that we visit with once or twice a year and when we are all together everything runs so smoothly and everyone has a great time.

I hope it works out for you.
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Hello,
Know this post is from a while back, but just wanted to add my experience. We lived with our in-laws while expecting our first, then moved and lived with a friend of mine and her family. It really ended up being very hard to have down time by ourselves. We felt that our relationship was hurting for it. Not that we are in a great place now - but living with another family did not work out for us. We had 1, they had 3 children. We did however love having a group of people to hang out and socialize with whenever we wanted. Hopefully it worked out for you!
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