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Blended Families

How One Stepmom Treads The Fine Line Between Parent And Friend

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.15.2016 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight stepfamilies to learn how they've worked to bring their kids together. Our hope i...

Leo DiCaprio and I Are Revenants

Dani Alpert | Posted 01.14.2016 | Divorce
Dani Alpert

Along our journey, Leo and I both found ourselves navigating uncharted territory under harsh conditions. My conditions were more of the emotional variety, while his included swimming in icy rivers and eating raw bison liver.

This Is The Most Heartbreaking Part Of Raising A Blended Family

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.08.2016 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight stepfamilies to learn how they've worked to bring their kids together. Our hope i...

Thanks To HuffPost, I Got My Happily Ever After

Jodi Meltzer | Posted 01.08.2016 | Divorce
Jodi Meltzer

Overlooking the majestic, rocky coastline of Maine, white waves crashing under foot, the healing smell of salt water spritzing the air, the impossible happened. The guy who serendipitously responded to my HuffPost referendum on men got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife.

Change Traditions to Enjoy the Holidays While Divorced

Wendy Paris | Posted 12.29.2015 | Divorce
Wendy Paris

It's easy to feel less-than during the holidays, which could also be called the "Season of Pressure to Have the Perfect Family." All the music in the stores is romantic; the commercials on TV are filled with happy, intact families snuggling by the fire.

Why the Joyful Season Leaves Us So Blue

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Holly Robinson

I had nothing to be blue about this season. Not really. True, only two of our five children could come home because the other three were going to ...

A Blended Family Christmas

Jessica Hoefer-Land | Posted 12.17.2015 | Divorce
Jessica Hoefer-Land

We will always be in process but then again, who isn't? Most families are, no matter how perfect and traditional they appear from the outside or how they portray themselves. Families can come in many different varieties but it doesn't make them any less meaningful or any less worthy of grace and acceptance.

After 8 Years Together, This Blended Family Is As Strong As Ever

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 12.11.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight stepfamilies to learn how they've worked to bring their kids together. Our hope i...

The Vow Renewal

Summer McLane | Posted 12.08.2015 | Weddings
Summer McLane

My mom always said that she missed out on having her dream wedding until they renewed their vows the day before Thanksgiving, in front of their kids, grandkids and a handful of friends, just like 25 years before.

How Blended Families Survive the Holidays Without a Food Fight

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 12.08.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

Your family tree could be in danger of falling over because the branches are laden with sporadic offshoots, new in-laws, old stepparents, and asso...

9 Principles This Blended Family Tries To Live By Every Day

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 12.06.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight stepfamilies to learn how they've worked to bring their kids together. Our hope i...

5 Ways To Make Christmas Post-Divorce Suck A Little Less

Jamie Scrimgeour | Posted 12.03.2015 | Divorce
Jamie Scrimgeour

I am not going to sugar coat this. Or find some professional way of saying it. Because no matter what your role is, there are a whole lot of things about having a divorced family at Christmas time that completely, totally and utterly SUCK. Yep that's right it sucks!

What This Dad Loves Best About Blended Family Life

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 11.27.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight stepfamilies to learn how they've worked to bring their kids together. Our hope i...

Giving Thanks for Complicated Families

Ariane Le Chevallier | Posted 11.30.2015 | Women
Ariane Le Chevallier

Before I even met my husband, people would ask me about which dad was going to walk me down the aisle if I ever got married, or would all three? I come from a somewhat complex family: I have three dads.

What Our Love Story Looks Like, The Second Time Around

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 11.23.2015 | Divorce
Nicole Jankowski

This is our love story. This time, I am writing it as we go.

What This Not-So-Evil Stepmom Has Learned From Decades Of Parenting

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 11.20.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight stepfamilies to learn how they've worked to bring their kids together. Our hope i...

10 Ways To Help Your New Partner Be The Best Stepparent

A.S. Chung | Posted 11.17.2015 | Divorce
A.S. Chung

I have always had the greatest admiration for men who willingly embrace the greatest responsibility in the world. Fatherhood is scary and daunting enough without the additional pressure of being a parent to children not your own.

An Open Letter To My Future Stepmom, From My 12-Year-Old Self

Jamie Scrimgeour | Posted 11.12.2015 | Divorce
Jamie Scrimgeour

We did not ask for our parents to break up. I know that's not entirely fair to you. Because this is your relationship and your life too... but remember, when you signed up to marry my dad, you signed up for us, too.

The RHOC Stepmom Wars

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 11.09.2015 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

Simply stated, stepmothers aren't the most understood. The "evil" stepmother myth is alive and well.

The Relatively Simple Formula For Making A Blended Family Work

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 11.09.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight stepfamilies to learn how they've worked to bring their kids together. Our hope i...

What The Term 'Blended Family' Gets Wrong About Stepfamily Life

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 10.30.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight stepfamilies to learn how they've worked to bring their kids together. Our hope ...

Date Night

Aaron Weinbaum | Posted 10.29.2015 | Parents
Aaron Weinbaum

Date Night doesn't have to be an event. If it's a nice night, sit outside. Have a picnic in your bedroom and turn on a white noise movie -- something you have both seen a 1000 times so it doesn't matter if you pay attention to it.

7 Kids and Their Rooms Are a Mess!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 10.28.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Children don't want to do what they don't want to do. Whether it's tidying their room, taking out the trash, or putting on their pajamas, if a child doesn't see the need to get a task checked off of your list -- or they simply don't feel like it -- she will do her best to avoid it.

Try Different

Aaron Weinbaum | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Aaron Weinbaum

I was never the most athletic kid, and I often remember the familiar screams of "try harder", or "you're not giving it your all." I remember thinking these people had no idea what they were talking about. I would be at wits end, out of breath, and ready for home.

What This Mom Has Learned From 8 Years Of Blended Family Life

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 10.23.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight stepfamilies to learn how they've worked to bring their kids together. Our hope is...