SARTELL -- As the years go by, the dynamics of families are changing. As more than half of all marriages end in divorce, families are separated and often merge with other families as a parent remarries. With this change, it's leaving more parents asking questions on how to tackle blended family issues.

Resource Training & Solutions in Sartell is hosting a class, "Nurturing the Blended Family: A Different Family Challenge," to help identify some of those common problems blended families face every day.

Peg Imholt is the Family and Parenting Education Specialist at Resource Training & Solutions. Imholt says the class is made for parents but others are also encouraged to come.

"Really the first audience will be parents and then maybe grandparents too. So a lot of times family members as far as who is an authority figure, foster parents too. Then also educators, as an educator [you] have to know more about what is a blended family."

Some of the major topics that will be covered are the seven stages of blended families, challenges for adults and kids within blended families, strategies for supporting the blending, communication and more.

Imholt says they will also have a guest speaker, Kristen Wheeler-Highland, come to speak about some the challenges of raising a blended family.

"She [Wheeler-Highland] has both professional and personal experiences in working with families in all kinds of different situations. She actually comes from a blended family. She will be sharing a lot of good information with participants about concerns."

Wheeler-Highland has a BA in Child Psychology and Early Childhood Education. She has worked in family child care settings.

The class has two sessions available. The first is from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. with registration at 1:00 p.m. and the second time is from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. with registration at 6:30 p.m. Both sessions will be Thursday, January 25.

The registration deadline is Friday. To register follow the link below.

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