This Is How We Family – #HowWeFamily

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They say family is not “Who You Love but How You Love” and they couldn’t be more correct. For those who don’t know, I have a blended family and it can get crazy at times. From the constant bickering and fighting between siblings to even the arguing amongst the adults. When the kids were younger it was a lot easier, but as they got older, they got their own ideas of how things should be, how and who they should listen to and why. It can be tough having a blended family and I’m sure that some might even say, well that just goes with the territory. One thing I can say is that we all love each other. No matter what, we have each others back. This year has probably been one of the most difficult year of my life. I lost my mom, my career with the army ended and divorce court was looming right over the horizon. However with therapy, LOTS OF IT, we are coping and that’s why I say, it’s not who you love but how that makes us a family. This is How We Family!

Vacations has always meant a lot to us and we have taken more than our fair share. However jobs and obligations sometimes keeps us not being able to take them together but that doesn’t mean that we’re not a family. We cry together, we laugh together, we fight together but in the end we come back together as one, because we love each other. This is going to be the first year that one member of our family will not be with us for Christmas. My oldest is celebrating in Canada and I have to remember that she’s growing up and will soon be on her own, but she knows that we love her and we’ll be celebrating together with her in mind.

For over 60 years, nothing has mattered more to TYLENOL® than the well-being of your family. To celebrate all families, the TYLENOL® brand created the #HowWeFamily program which showcases the story of 11 real American families, including one from spokesperson Gabrielle Union, which can be seen at

I took a look at the following video and which shows a compilation of real moments from real families that showcases joy, laughter, surprise, and unconditional love. The one that truly touched home for me was the soldier in the box surprising his son. Having just retired from the US Army I remember the days of coming home right before Christmas and surprising my own kids. Being away from your family can be tough, but being away for months on end with limited connection can be even tougher, especially when you’re uncertain if you’ll ever see them again. It’s why I show my kids unconditional love, how much of a family we are and why family means so much to me.

No one family is the same but there will always be that one thing that will keep you all together and that thing is Love. Remember it’s not who you love but how! This is How We Family!

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