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Blended Families

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 01.22.2015 | 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 01.23.2015 | 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 01.21.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

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

An Adult Child's Account Of Growing Up In A Stepfamily

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.16.2015 | 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. ...

Adorable Ad Reminds Us That Families Come In All Shapes And Sizes

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.22.2015 | Divorce

A sweet new ad from State Farm reminds us that finding love is a bit more complicated when you have kids. The clip, which the insurance group rele...

The Unexpected Way a Somewhat Disastrous Dog Rescue Made Me a Better Mom

Rachel Pross | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Rachel Pross

Honey Badger was a true labor of love. He wasn't a puppy, but his "delayed childhood" more than made up for any puppy stages he'd missed out on. He gnawed on everything he could find, including flat drywall.

An Open Letter To My Ex-Husband's New Girlfriend

Tina Plantamura | Posted 01.13.2015 | Divorce
Tina Plantamura

You must be cringing as you read this. You must be thinking I'm going to school you on how to treat your new boyfriend. You must be thinking I'm going to lay down some laws about how to treat my children. That is not at all what this letter is about.

Why My Ex-Husband Gave His Blessing At My Second Wedding

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.09.2015 | 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. ...

Yours, Mine and Ours: Planning Stepfamily Finances

Jason Alderman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Couples planning to blend families often have to make financial arrangements that respect previous relationships with ex-spouses and their families. Issues range from childcare and eldercare to potentially complex matters. That's why involving trained experts in stepfamily financial planning is a must.

9 Resolutions Your Blended Family Should Make This Year

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.01.2015 | Divorce

It's that time of year again for resolutions and bold declarations of "new year, new me." Here at HuffPost Divorce, we're a little less drastic when i...

It's Official: There's No Such Thing As A 'Traditional' Family

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 12.24.2014 | Parents

When picturing the typical American family, you can forget about a "Leave It To Beaver"-type image. Currently, 54 percent of kids in this country don'...

New Family, New Traditions: Navigating the Holidays After Divorce

Pamela L. Smith | Posted 12.24.2014 | Divorce
Pamela L. Smith

This year, my ex asked to have the boys for dinner on the first night. Even though it wasn't his usual night, he promised to have them home for bedtime. It took a moment to register but I realized that I was no longer a necessary part of this holiday. He is now ready to take on this tradition on his own.

He Said He Loved Me...

Dani Alpert | Posted 12.22.2014 | Divorce
Dani Alpert

I had text, "love you" many times in the past, without a mirrored response; never expecting, never needing one. So it was reading this text, in the back seat of a taxi, on my way to the airport, that my heart swelled, my eyes pooled with tears, and I smiled. Because he said he loved me.

What We've Learned From Two Decades Of Blended Family Life

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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. ...

How To Successfully Navigate The Holidays With A Blended Family

High50 | Posted 12.18.2014 | Fifty
High50

When should you bring a new partner into your family Christmas? And how should you broach it with your kids? These parenting tips from blended families will help navigate tricky situations.

How I Came To See My Ex As A Friend And Not Just A Parenting Partner

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 12.12.2014 | 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 Best and Worst Things About Divorce During the Holidays

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

For most, the roughest moments of the divorce are usually celebrating the first birthdays and first holidays as a divorced family. The juggling of calendars, jostling of kids, and feelings of loss as your traditions are being cast aside can be overwhelming to the newly divorced.

An Open Letter To My Daughter's Stepmom

Candice Curry | Posted 12.10.2014 | Divorce
Candice Curry

I never wanted you here. You simply were never part of the plan. Growing up and dreaming of my family I never included you. I didn't want help from another woman to raise my child. But then you arrived. Dang your kind smile! I was planing on really hating you. I wanted to resent you but you made it impossible.

10 Reasons Second Marriages Are The Best Marriages

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 12.09.2014 | Divorce
Jennifer Cullen

Time has taught us that it is harder for people to change as we get older and more set in our ways. We know we can't change our spouse, and we're okay with that or else we wouldn't have married them.

What All Stepparents Need To Know This Holiday Season

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 12.11.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

When in front of each of your children, you and your new partner must present a united front. Whether you agree or disagree should be saved for private moments. Both sets of children need to see you two working together as a strong unit.

The Best Advice For Parents Blending Their Families

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 12.05.2014 | 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. ...

What Parents Must Acknowledge Before Blending Their Families

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 11.28.2014 | 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. ...

Avoiding Blended Family Warfare

Ann Margaret Carrozza | Posted 01.25.2015 | Divorce
Ann Margaret Carrozza

There's no doubt about it -- second (and third) marriages are on the rise. Last week, Pew Research announced that 40 percent of all 2014 newlyweds had walked down the aisle before.

Tried-And-True Advice For Making A Connection With Your Stepkids

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 11.21.2014 | 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. ...