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Blended Families

A New Normal: Musings on Transracial Adoption

Lakshmi Iyer | Posted 09.03.2015 | Parents
Lakshmi Iyer

On our way home from the airport, the image of my daughter, eyes alight, explaining Diwali to a stranger makes me smile. In the years since we adopted our children, we have focused on everyday living.

'I Am A Wicked Stepmother'

Kelly Chaplin | Posted 08.31.2015 | Divorce
Kelly Chaplin

Evil, withholding love, despising children and being equally despised by all. Stepmothers in fairy tales are never depicted nicely. I joined this infamous and complicated club ten years ago.

5 Ways To Make Love Last The Second Time Around

Caitlin Grace | Posted 08.12.2015 | Divorce
Caitlin Grace

We don't see how they cope with the realities of life. We don't see how they adjust to living together or what happens after the wedding and the honeymoon. Most of all, we don't see how couples stay together, year after year, through raising kids, job losses, ill health, in laws and all the other daily things that make up a life.

Successfully Managing Our Blended Family

Lorraine C. Ladish | Posted 08.04.2015 | Divorce
Lorraine C. Ladish

As the divorce rate climbs, so do the number of partners who come together to create a new kind of family unit. Despite the social acceptance of this arrangement, nothing can quite prepare you for the blended family experience except actually going through it!

Moms and Stepmoms: Making the Relationship Successful

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 07.20.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

We get a lot of raised eyebrows when we show up at events together. We are often commended by school teachers and doctors for showing up at parent teacher conferences and medical appointments together.

My Daughter Acts Out When Step-Sister Visits

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 07.16.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

With time, and plenty of opportunity to move through difficult feelings, your children should find their way toward building lifelong bonds. Meanwhile, slow things down, expect hiccups, and make room for the big feelings that come as tender hearts adjust to changes in life's routines.

The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Kids In A Blended Family

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 07.10.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they've worked to bring their two families tog...

The Changing Faces of Family Travel

Ethan Gelber | Posted 07.07.2015 | Travel
Ethan Gelber

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's affirmation of the Constitutional guarantee of marriage equality, the truth is there for all of us to see: the face of families has changed enormously. And with those changes has come a major metamorphosis in the faces of family travel.

I Live With My Ex-Wife And Her New Wife -- And Our Kids Are Better For It

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 07.06.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they've worked to bring their two families tog...

My Husband And I Live In The Same Building As My Ex. Here's What It's Like

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 06.27.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they've worked to bring their two families tog...

I Am Not A Saint. I Am A Foster Mom

Angelique Mattin Russell | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Angelique Mattin Russell

I did not "rescue" my boys any more than I rescued my daughter from my womb. I welcomed all of my children into my home as members of my family. We had no way to predict how successful it would be but we gave it our all. Did I get lucky? Absolutely, four times over.

What I've Learned From Eight Years Of Blended Family Life

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 06.12.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they've worked to bring their two families tog...

How My Ex And I Put Our Differences Aside To Raise Our Son

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 06.05.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they've worked to bring their two families tog...

Why We're So Proud of You ... and of Us ... on your Graduation Day

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 06.03.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Tomorrow you will graduate from elementary school. Tomorrow we will all sit in little folding chairs in the cafeteria, watching proudly as you and your classmates line up and walk onto the stage to receive your diplomas.

5 Ways To Be The Best Dad Ever After Divorce

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 06.02.2015 | Divorce
Joel Schwartzberg

Many divorced and remarried dads have deep insecurities about their new parenting roles, as if a dad's relevance is directly proportionate to the minutes and hours he spends with his children. But all dads are dads 100% of the time, just as all moms are still moms 100% of the time.

Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day: Stories of Pride and Family

Dana Rudolph | Posted 06.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Rudolph

I like to think of this time of year as Parenting Season, the span between Mother's Day and Father's Day. It can be a challenging time for LGBTQ parents and our kids, since we don't fit into those two categories in the traditional way -- but it can also be a great time to celebrate and raise awareness about our families.

What Being A Stepmom Taught Me About Co-Parenting

Lindsey Light | Posted 06.01.2015 | Divorce
Lindsey Light

Before I was divorced, before I became a mother biologically, I was a stepmom. This was not an easy role to tackle. Here are some ways that my role as a stepmom prepared me for my role as the ex-wife.

8 Things Kids Learn From Growing Up In A Blended Family

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 05.29.2015 | Divorce

Each week on HuffPost Divorce, people in stepfamilies share their best advice on blending a family as part of our Blended Family Friday series. It's u...

How I Learned To Appreciate My Husband's Ex-Wife

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 05.22.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they've worked to bring their two families tog...

The 3 Words That Helped This Former 'Real Houswife' Blend Her Family

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 05.15.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they've worked to bring their two families tog...

What Kids With Divorced Parents Need To Remember

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 05.08.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they've worked to bring their two families tog...

How Being a Stepmom Makes Me a Better Parent

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 05.07.2015 | Parents
Christine Carter, PhD

Noticing how differently I was behaving with my stepchildren was a giant wake-up call. I needed to be more supportive of Molly and Fiona without being intrusive, to make requests without being so bossy.

What This Divorced Dad Loves Most About Blended Family Life

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 05.01.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they've worked to bring their two families tog...

Why My Spouse Comes First In My Second Marriage

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 04.24.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they've worked to bring their two families tog...

Every. Other. Weekend. Coping With Custody.

Heather Leiva | Posted 06.22.2015 | Divorce
Heather Leiva

I remind myself I am lucky. Every other weekend means they have two sets of parents who love them. I am lucky to have a beautiful family in whatever capacity I can get it.