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Blended Families

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.

The Hardest Part Of Being A Parent In A Blended Family

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 04.18.2015 | 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 Only Like One Stepchild'

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 06.14.2015 | Divorce
Samantha Rodman PhD

You cannot continue to obviously and flagrantly act like you like O better. Not only are you harming X, whose self esteem is already low because other people outside the home likely also like her less than they like X, but you're also harming O.

'I Never Thought I Would Be So Happy To Have Divorced Parents'

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 04.15.2015 | 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 'Dirty Little Secret' Of Being A Parent In A Blended Family

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 04.06.2015 | 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. ...

Honey's Guide to Blending Families

Honey Good | Posted 05.30.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

You cannot develop a relationship with your children and grandchildren (and they are all yours) without giving your blended family personal attention.

8 Tips for Stepmoms Experiencing Outsider Syndrome

Jenna Korf | Posted 05.27.2015 | Divorce
Jenna Korf

If you fall into the trap of behaving like an outsider because that's how you're feeling, you'll only continue the cycle. Focus more on your own life and other aspects of it, enjoying your marriage and friends and focus less on the kids.

What People Don't Understand About Blended Families

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 03.27.2015 | 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. ...

5 Boldfaced Lies About Being A Stepmom

Brenda Ockun | Posted 05.26.2015 | 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. ...