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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

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...
9 Dos And Don'ts For Divorce Parents Of 2014 Grads

9 Dos And Don'ts For Divorce Parents Of 2014 Grads

06. 2.2014
If you and your former spouse are one of those new-age, The Trophy Wife blended families who cut birthday cakes together and who share...
Finding Bliss When Remarrying With Children

Finding Bliss When Remarrying With Children

05.14.2014
Are we still blissfully happy like a couple of newlyweds? Sure, but it's not quite the same blissfully happy when you are in a blended...

DIY Ideas for Incorporating Children into Second Weddings

05.13.2014
A second marriage is different. It starts with a second wedding. This wedding is also different. First of all, you are an old hat. Second...
Honoring and Remembering Birth Mothers on Mother's Day

Honoring and Remembering Birth Mothers on Mother's Day

05. 9.2014
The path to motherhood is wide and varied. On Mother's Day, we recognize that mothers come in all shapes and sizes. Yet we often neglect...
11 Things Stepparents Aren't Telling You

11 Things Stepparents Aren't Telling You

Taryn Hillin  05. 8.2014
Being a stepparent is one of the toughest jobs on the planet. It may feel like an uphill battle as you try to gain the trust and love of...
You Know You're A Kid In A Stepfamily When...

You Know You're A Kid In A Stepfamily When...

Brittany Wong  05. 5.2014
Sorry, all you nuclear family kids: there are just some things that only kids who grew up in a stepfamily can understand. Case in point?...