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WATCH: Step-Parenting The 'Modern Family' Way

WATCH: Step-Parenting The 'Modern Family' Way

11. 9.2010
On last week's episode of ABC hit "Modern Family," Jay (played by Ed O'Neill) has a tender moment with his step-son, Manny (Rico Rodriguez). Manny...
Blended Families: Bringing Up Baby

Blended Families: Bringing Up Baby

11. 9.2010
Story courtesy of Babble By Lily Burana I got tears in my eyes the first time I stood back-to-back with my elder stepson and realized...
A Stepfather's Lament: I Want To Be 'Dad'

A Stepfather's Lament: I Want To Be 'Dad'

11. 8.2010
Story courtesy of Babble By Kevin Keck I am down in my workshop standing amongst tools that date back to my great-grandfather. Most of...
The Best Mother's Day Movies: What Would You Watch With Mom? (PHOTOS)

The Best Mother's Day Movies: What Would You Watch With Mom? (PHOTOS)

05. 8.2010
Happy Mother's Day Eve! One way to celebrate with mom is to curl up with a movie you can both enjoy. Most of these movies are about moms...
Let's Stop Expecting Sandra Bullock to Be a Stepmartyr

Let's Stop Expecting Sandra Bullock to Be a Stepmartyr

03.24.2010
Many women suffer from what I call Stepmartyr Syndrome--embracing the notion that they are going to make it all better for everyone, whatever...

2010: Year of the New American Family

01. 7.2010
Until there is better support, public education, and understanding, here are ten research-based resolutions stepfamilies can make to usher...
Stepfamilies To Uncle Sam: Learn To Count!

Stepfamilies To Uncle Sam: Learn To Count!

12. 1.2009
We're hearing a lot about the new U.S. Census these days and many might wonder what, precisely, is at stake. For stepfamilies, the answer...

The Holidays: How Stepfamilies Can Be Happier

11.20.2009
Stepfamilies often experience extraordinary stress as the holidays--with their pressure cooker of "family" expectations--get underway....

When And Why You Shouldn't Put The Kids First

11. 2.2009
Shunting the husband/wife relationship to the back burner whenever the stepchildren are around is, it turns out, a recipe for marital and...

The Bride Wore Red

09. 1.2009
The reality of my approaching marriage was getting on my nerves. I kept wiggling it like a sore tooth, poking at it in places that I knew...
Stepmothers, Mothers and the

Stepmothers, Mothers and the "B" Word

07.22.2009
Today's stepmoms might not be accused of casting spells, but talk to any first wife about her husband's new wife and you'll likely discover...

The New Shape of Family

07.20.2009
Divorce can be dignified. Our children deserve the best of us even when the marriage bonds we once thought permanent fray and break. ...
John McCain and Barack Obama -- America's First Campaign Where Divorce May Be a Good Experience for Leadership Skills

John McCain and Barack Obama -- America's First Campaign Where Divorce May Be a Good Experience for Leadership Skills

05.21.2008
Being in a divorced household is like living in two countries, with two different sets of traditions, rules and expectations. Brokering...
WATCH: What It's Really Like To Be In A Blended Family

WATCH: What It's Really Like To Be In A Blended Family

12.31.1969
Bringing two families together after remarriage isn't always easy, but finding happiness and keeping the peace at home can absolutely be...