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Move Over, First Families: 'Blended' Families Are the New Game in Town

Move Over, First Families: 'Blended' Families Are the New Game in Town

09.17.2014
Ads like Honey Maid's, however, place moms like me and dads like my ex potentially on the defensive, maybe even to be labeled bigots. But...
Powerful Ad Reminds Us That There Is No Such Thing As A Normal Family

Powerful Ad Reminds Us That There Is No Such Thing As A Normal Family

Taryn Hillin  09. 8.2014
A powerful new ad from Honey Maid is championing an idea we've been on board with for years: just because your family has been through...
What if We Could All be Like Brangelina?

What if We Could All be Like Brangelina?

09. 2.2014
What if Brad had been a woman who had taken on the responsibility of her man's children? Uh oh! Now, that woman would be labeled a stepmother,...
5 Lessons About Parenting From the Movie <em>Boyhood</em>

5 Lessons About Parenting From the Movie Boyhood

08.26.2014
Take care of yourself as a parent. Your kids are watching you. They need to see that life is worth living as an adult. It's hard for kids...

Doin' the 2-Step When Your Stepkids Are Ruining Your Marriage

08.25.2014
Most parents will admit that their darling, little angels have, at one point or another, caused a riff in their relationship. Raising...
When a Stepmother Has Her Period

When a Stepmother Has Her Period

08. 5.2014
I see all the stepmothers running to spas and hotels for seven days a month. Then, over time, all of the stepmothers' periods would start...
When The Pieces Came Together

When The Pieces Came Together

08. 4.2014
"I think I'm going to practice calling James 'dad,'" Angie said, her eyes fixed on the scene unfolding across our kitchen table.
The Magic Formula for Dealing With Your Teens 'Pom-Poms, Tissues or Toolbox?'

The Magic Formula for Dealing With Your Teens 'Pom-Poms, Tissues or Toolbox?'

07.29.2014
Sometimes we need to be cheered on. Other times we need tissues. And yet other moments call for something from our figurative toolbox....
The 5 Best Things About Being A Stepparent

The 5 Best Things About Being A Stepparent

Brittany Wong  07.25.2014
As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their...

A Love Letter To Your Teen Daughters

07.21.2014
Your moms worry that you may make bad choices that will follow you into adulthood. Here, through my lens and summarizing years of conversations...
How My 5th Grade Teacher Helped Me Cope With Divorce

How My 5th Grade Teacher Helped Me Cope With Divorce

07.14.2014
As a child I fought hard to overcome the day-to-day challenges divorce introduced into my life. My parents were perpetually at odds, and...
This Blended Family Isn't Exactly 'The Brady Brunch'

This Blended Family Isn't Exactly 'The Brady Brunch'

Taryn Hillin  06.12.2014
We all know a blended family can be a beautiful thing -- we even feature one every week -- but some families have a harder time peacefully...

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: Q&A with Peanut Butter Wolf

06.10.2014
For over 15 years now, Los Angeles-based Stones Throw Records has been home to some of the most varied and inventive musical artists. Now...
The 5 Things He Didn't Have to Teach Me

The 5 Things He Didn't Have to Teach Me

06. 4.2014
My stepdad came into my life when I was about 11. It was, as you might imagine, not always smooth sailing. Over time, we found our way...