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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...

What This Stepmom Learned From Growing Up With Divorced Parents

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 10.19.2015 | 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...

Parenting Wrong in the Best Interests of the Kids

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.14.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Some of the greatest moms and dads I know are also some of the worst parents I've ever seen. The worst offenders of that greatest bunch are the divorced moms and dads, because while they're trying so hard to be the better-liked parent, what's really "in the best interests of the kids," actually isn't.

The Conversation I'm Afraid To Have With My 5-Year-Old About His Dad and Brother

mater mea | Posted 10.09.2015 | Parents
mater mea

I grew up with stepparents and siblings who had different fathers, and there was no shame or confusion among us. But there were awkward and sometimes embarrassing moments when people tried to figure us out.

3 Must-Have Documents for the Post-Divorce You

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.05.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

As you embrace your new post-divorce life changes, don't forget to put in place plans to take care of yourself when you aren't in a position to do so on your own.

9 Ways to Include Family in Your Wedding Ceremony

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway | Posted 10.01.2015 | Weddings
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Many couples grapple with ways to include family and friends in the ceremony. The trick is to do this in a way that doesn't make anyone feel pressured, that doesn't make anyone else feel excluded, and that is true to the spirit and the tone of your ceremony.

How an Awkward Middle Kid and a Super Blood Moon Changed My Outlook

Rachel Pross | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Rachel Pross

All of this time we spend worrying about meaningless things could be spent cherishing the fleeting moments that we have on this tiny planet with our loved ones. How many families stood outside that night staring at the moon together?

It Is Possible to Be Friends With the Stepmom

Elana Christiansen, LMFT | Posted 09.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Elana Christiansen, LMFT

Marcie is my daughter's stepmom, or as we say in our family, her second mom. We've never really referred to her as stepmother unless we were trying to...

Blended Family Forum: What's in a Name?

Elizabeth Denham | Posted 09.25.2015 | Divorce
Elizabeth Denham

Before we blended, our children had established identities. When divorced parents remarry, the waters of identity can be muddied for the kids.

The Dead Stepdog

Heather Leiva | Posted 09.14.2015 | Divorce
Heather Leiva

This was a moment my husband and I had often talked about, having thought the time was imminent for the last two years.

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.