Christy Borgeld, a remarried mom and stepmom, initiated National Stepfamily Day in 1997. Her goal was to create a holiday that would bring the need for stepfamily support and awareness to the nation’s forefront while, at the same time, provide today’s modern family with an opportunity to recognize and celebrate their relationships.
In its first year, National Stepfamily Day was proclaimed by 24 states in America. In 1998, the number rose to 32 and by 2000, 48 states acknowledged the day.
In 2010, Borgeld requested President Barack Obama to revise the language on the 2010 Presidential Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Proclamations to honor all parents (biological, adopted foster and step). He honored her request.
Today, National Stepfamily Day is recognized by all 50 states, Canada and the United Kingdom. One of the most common ways to celebrate the day is by hosting a family or neighborhood picnic. Other ideas include sharing a special family dinner, game night or other event that brings stepfamilies together and creates an opportunity to bond and have fun.
Family isn’t always blood.
It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs;
the ones who accept you for who you are.
The ones who would do anything to see you smile
and who love you no matter what.
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