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Blended Families

5 Boldfaced Lies About Being A Stepmom

Brenda Ockun | Posted 03.26.2015 | Divorce
Brenda Ockun

Relationships take time, so don't let anyone define your family's natural progression. Practice kindness and mutual respect. If love develops? Great! Consider it a bonus.

I'm The Third Wife. Here's How I Benefit From My Husband's Earlier Marriages.

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 03.20.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two families. ...

7 Secrets Your Stepkids Wish You Knew

Joyce Linder | Posted 03.19.2015 | Divorce
Joyce Linder

Not everything I do is because of "the divorce" or because I don't like you. Please try to remember what you felt like when you were my age. No matter how good a parent you are, I'm probably going to try to pull away or even rebel in small or big ways.

Handling Your Divorce Like an Air-Traffic Controller

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 03.15.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Going back to our air-traffic controller analogy, it's time to look at the full picture, but take one thing at time. To decrease the risk of mid-air collisions, follow the PEACE acronym: Parenting Plan, Equitable Distribution, Alimony, Child Support and Everything Else!

4 Reasons Fathers in Remarriage Walk on Eggshells

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

For the majority of fathers I work with, they suffer because they often feel like they're walking on eggshells with their new partners when it comes to the topic of their children.

8 Benefits Of Forging A Friendship With Your Ex's New Wife

Divorced Moms | Posted 03.07.2015 | Divorce
Divorced Moms

Instead of disliking her for no reason, I had a desire to know the woman who was mothering my child in my absence.

The Vow My Ex-Husband And I Made To Our Kids After Divorce

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 03.06.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two families. ...

Don't Tell Your Father, Don't Tell Your Mother: A Major Mistake in Co-Parenting

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 03.04.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Regardless of the underlying meaning, or good intentions of the speaker, the end result still places an unfair burden on a child, who is now left holding the bag of secrets.

Everything Is Possible While Dancin' in the Kitchen

Cathy Fink | Posted 03.02.2015 | Entertainment
Cathy Fink

Many parents thought the song should be an anthem in every elementary school in the country. But others refused to let their child sing on the song, or even sing on the recording, if we were going to include this song.

Estate Planning for Blended Families

Alexandra Smyser | Posted 02.27.2015 | Divorce
Alexandra Smyser

You have arrived at your second marriage a little bit older and (hopefully) a little bit wiser. Second marriages and blended families present their own issues when it comes to estate planning.

10 Quotes Every Parent In A Blended Family Needs To Read

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 02.27.2015 | Divorce

Each week, parents in our Blended Family Friday series give us the lowdown on the ups and downs of raising a stepfamily. Along the way, they've do...

Adopting Us

Thomasina Guidry | Posted 02.24.2015 | Parents
Thomasina Guidry

My husband wants to adopt my daughter. And I want my daughter to be adopted by him. This journey, which we've discussed since before we married more than two years ago, is now coming to fruition.

The 'Ours' Baby: Great Expectations

Heather Leiva | Posted 02.24.2015 | Divorce
Heather Leiva

Can Ours Baby live up to the hype? Are we putting too much pressure on you, nonexistent Ours Baby? You have to know that I want you, regardless of the experiences you bring that I long for. I want you the same way every happy couple wants a baby together, plus a million other reasons that both excite and frighten me.

Check Your Ego at the Door (Beyond Mom and Stepmom Hate)

Shelley Wetton | Posted 02.27.2015 | Divorce
Shelley Wetton

My little boy's well being stopped my insecurity in its tracks. I didn't want Connor to suffer and refused to confuse him by encouraging hatred for a woman who loved him. I refused to be selfish, cruel and bitter because it's just not how I'm wired.

What Makes The 'Hard Work' Of Blending A Family Entirely Worth It

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 02.20.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two families. ...

My Second Husband Almost Instantly Won Over My Little Boy -- Here's How

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 02.13.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two families. ...

An Open Letter to Anyone Dealing With Our Blended Family

Heather Leiva | Posted 02.11.2015 | Divorce
Heather Leiva

Creating a solid foundation for our family is our primary concern, and we appreciate your patience as we grow and learn. Sometimes we just need time to focus on this new family unit. We miss you, and we love you, but we love us most.

How To Keep Your Sanity As A Stepmom, From Someone Who's Been There

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 02.06.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two families. ...

The Moment I Bonded With My Stepdaughter For Good

Heather Leiva | Posted 02.06.2015 | Divorce
Heather Leiva

A biological parent can suggest it's dangerous to walk on those rocks, and be met with momentary disdain followed by snuggles five minutes later.

Blending Our Family Hasn't Been Easy, But Here's How We Make It Work

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.30.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two families. ...

A Love Letter To My Son's Stepmom

Shelley Wetton | Posted 01.28.2015 | Divorce
Shelley Wetton

Thank you, Jill, for being patient and tolerant as we navigated this life we didn't expect -- a life that included each other. Above all else, thank you for selflessly loving and mothering our son.

What It's Like To Become A Stepdad When You Have No Kids Of Your Own

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.23.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two families. ...

All I Can Ever Promise To Be As A Mother And Stepmother

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 03.24.2015 | Divorce
Nicole Jankowski

While I would never claim to be GOOD at the job of being a mother, I can claim, with assuredness, that I am, at least, experienced.

When New Wife and Ex-Wife's Worlds Collide

Shelley Wetton | Posted 03.23.2015 | Divorce
Shelley Wetton

We had not planned for this life when we were young and dreaming of our futures. There's no training or preparation. But there's one thing we knew for sure -- we might have to suffer each other's presence for the rest of our lives.

Don't Call My Stepkids 'Baggage!' Your Trash Just So Happens to Be My Treasure

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Do I mind that my stepkids are referred to as leftover "baggage?" You bet, I do.