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In Defense of Guilt and Empathy

In Defense of Guilt and Empathy

Barbara Greenberg  02. 3.2015
Many of our teens have little idea that their parents have feelings that can be hurt and hearts that can be broken. I say this cautiously,...
A Love Letter To My Son's Stepmom

A Love Letter To My Son's Stepmom

Shelley Wetton  01.27.2015
Thank you, Jill, for being patient and tolerant as we navigated this life we didn't expect -- a life that included each other. Above all...
3 Surprising Facts About Family Today

3 Surprising Facts About Family Today

Mary T. Kelly, M.A.  01.26.2015
The world and our lives are changing at speeds never before experienced. The family, like everything else, has been doing its own kind...
Don't Call My Stepkids 'Baggage!' Your Trash Just So Happens to Be My Treasure

Don't Call My Stepkids 'Baggage!' Your Trash Just So Happens to Be My Treasure

Diane L. Danois, J.D.  01.21.2015
Do I mind that my stepkids are referred to as leftover "baggage?" You bet, I do.
5 Ways To Deal With The Inevitable Stepmom Burnout

5 Ways To Deal With The Inevitable Stepmom Burnout

Jenna Korf  01. 8.2015
The fact is, the more you do, the less everyone else does. So, if you think you're burned out or are on the verge of burnout, here are...
The 'Hoax' That Brought My Blended Family Together On Christmas

The 'Hoax' That Brought My Blended Family Together On Christmas

Rachel Pross  12.25.2014
Christmas with a blended family of six kids was pretty chaotic. First, the kids got gifts from a vast empire of grandparents and step-grandparents,...
The 5 Top Family Secrets, Christmas and Your Teens

The 5 Top Family Secrets, Christmas and Your Teens

Barbara Greenberg  12.24.2014
Parents keep a variety of secrets in an effort to protect their teens but it is my strong belief that teens are old enough and mature enough...
How To Successfully Navigate The Holidays With A Blended Family

How To Successfully Navigate The Holidays With A Blended Family

High50  12.18.2014
When should you bring a new partner into your family Christmas? And how should you broach it with your kids? These parenting tips from...
What All Stepparents Need To Know This Holiday Season

What All Stepparents Need To Know This Holiday Season

Dr. Gail Gross  12. 9.2014
When in front of each of your children, you and your new partner must present a united front. Whether you agree or disagree should be saved...
How to Have the Perfect Stepfamily Holiday

How to Have the Perfect Stepfamily Holiday

Barbara Goldberg  11.20.2014
So, you want to have a perfect holiday. The tree is decorated beautifully. The weather is cold and crispy. The food is cooked to perfection....
How You Can Fall in Love With Your Stepmother

How You Can Fall in Love With Your Stepmother

Shannon Bradley-Colleary  11.10.2014
She had platinum blonde hair worn in an Aqua-Net bouffant, thick black eyeliner and a figure Jayne Mansfield would've killed for. At night,...
The One Thing Dr. Phil Equates To Spitting In His Face

The One Thing Dr. Phil Equates To Spitting In His Face

  10.28.2014
When a mother concerned about her teen daughter drinking, smoking and causing chaos admits to Dr. Phil that her new husband treats her...
How the Judge Wrecked My Perfect Divorce Day

How the Judge Wrecked My Perfect Divorce Day

Barbara Greenberg  10.23.2014
I was fine with the divorce but upset by what felt like a scolding from a judge. I've asked myself several times if perhaps she was simply...
Parenthood Doesn't Come with A Manual

Parenthood Doesn't Come with A Manual

Dani Alpert  10.17.2014
Listening to her speak about her experiences, I empathized, as I put myself in the child role. I shared some of the same feelings; disappointment,...