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What I Did To Survive February

Tom Cramer | Posted 02.28.2015 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Since I live in the Midwest, I'm always happy to say goodbye to January. Generally, January is the harshest of the winter months. The rest of winter is no picnic either, and it's not like I'm happy to say hello to February. Personally, I find February to be far more depressing.

The 'Ours' Baby: Great Expectations

Heather Leiva | Posted 02.24.2015 | Divorce
Heather Leiva

Can Ours Baby live up to the hype? Are we putting too much pressure on you, nonexistent Ours Baby? You have to know that I want you, regardless of the experiences you bring that I long for. I want you the same way every happy couple wants a baby together, plus a million other reasons that both excite and frighten me.

5 Reasons to Make Your Ex a Dating Profile (With an Example!)

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 01.20.2015 | Comedy
Stephanie D. Lewis

Creating an Online Dating Profile For Your Ex Is An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Here's Why! 1. You're divorced and have moved on in an appropriate m...

An Open Letter to Anyone Dealing With Our Blended Family

Heather Leiva | Posted 02.11.2015 | Divorce
Heather Leiva

Creating a solid foundation for our family is our primary concern, and we appreciate your patience as we grow and learn. Sometimes we just need time to focus on this new family unit. We miss you, and we love you, but we love us most.

In Defense of Guilt and Empathy

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

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, but let's hear it for teaching our kids just a little bit of guilt and a whole lot of empathy.

3 Surprising Facts About Family Today

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 01.26.2015 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

The world and our lives are changing at speeds never before experienced. The family, like everything else, has been doing its own kind of changing.

6 Must-Read Books for Overwhelmed Stepmoms

Peggy Nolan | Posted 01.26.2015 | Divorce
Peggy Nolan

Read this book with your sweetheart. It could very well save your relationship or become the go-to resource anytime either of you forgets that your relationship must take priority if you want your relationship to flourish and your marriage to succeed.

This Is What Remarriage Is Like Through The Eyes Of A Child

Alisa Schindler | Posted 01.27.2015 | Divorce
Alisa Schindler

My brother and new stepbrothers were also trying to find their way in this new dynamic, while my mother and step father circled each uncertainly, and the housekeeper kept us all in a tight divided line of us against them.

The Honeymoon: Mom's Guilt Trip

LaReine Chabut | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents
LaReine Chabut

The best day ever was when I remarried last summer -- my two daughters and my husband's two sons were the entire wedding party. What followed was the anticipation of the best honeymoon ever to Bora Bora! I couldn't believe how euphoric I felt... until I hit "the glitch."

5 Ways To Deal With The Inevitable Stepmom Burnout

Jenna Korf | Posted 01.08.2015 | Divorce
Jenna Korf

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 some steps to help you recharge.

10 Reasons Second Marriages Are The Best Marriages

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 02.08.2015 | Divorce
Jennifer Cullen

Time has taught us that it is harder for people to change as we get older and more set in our ways. We know we can't change our spouse, and we're okay with that or else we wouldn't have married them.

How to Have the Perfect Stepfamily Holiday

Barbara Goldberg | Posted 01.20.2015 | Divorce
Barbara Goldberg

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. The only thing missing is...a family that has not experienced divorce.

s The Stepdaughter-Stepmother Relationship Doomed?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I'm a 17-year-old female and nearing the end of my life as a child. My parents have been divorced for about four years now, which is for the better, but a year ago, my father married a woman I cannot bear to be around.

Luckier the Second Time

Kristin Shaw | Posted 12.29.2014 | Women
Kristin Shaw

With his unending kind words, and his steady confidence, he has helped me find my way back to myself. Through him, I have realized that no one can put me back together; that's up to me.

The Indispensability of President Hillary Clinton to Marriage, Gender Equality and Religious Freedom

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Douglas Kmiec

The sacramental side of marriage is quite significant, and when honored can be liberating in surprising ways. Women are still bearing a far greater share of responsibility for child-rearing. We need a female president to actualize the potential of the female gender.

What if We Could All be Like Brangelina?

Barbara Goldberg | Posted 11.02.2014 | Entertainment
Barbara Goldberg

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, and we all know what that means. She would be looked upon as a mistress for the rest of her life.

On Grace as a Weapon

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

Deafened by my own defensiveness, I couldn't hear that Prudence was trying to be true to herself more than she was judging me.

Love and... Remarriage: Etiquette for an Encore Wedding

Cheryl Seidel | Posted 10.25.2014 | Weddings
Cheryl Seidel

A good friend of mine was getting remarried and it was an amazing event. When planning her wedding, she told me it was a challenge to find information, advice or inspiration for her Encore wedding.

This Couple Is Proof That Love Can Survive Anything -- Even Divorce

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 08.22.2014 | Divorce

Jenna Daugherty has a happily-ever-after story that went slightly off course -- but that's exactly why it's so great. Last Saturday, the Ohio resid...

When a Stepmother Has Her Period

Barbara Goldberg | Posted 10.05.2014 | Divorce
Barbara Goldberg

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 to coordinate to the same week each month (The McClintock Effect). Now, the world would be without any stepmothers for one week every month.

When The Pieces Came Together

Wendy Fontaine | Posted 10.04.2014 | Parents
Wendy Fontaine

"I think I'm going to practice calling James 'dad,'" Angie said, her eyes fixed on the scene unfolding across our kitchen table.

Dear Family Whisperer: You Can't Go Home but You Can Grow Up -- Here's How

Melinda Blau | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

With grandparents staying active and healthy longer, many families are trying to figure out how to have stress-free three-generation gatherings.

Remarriage and Renewal

Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Divorce
Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

Many parents and children who felt bruised and battered following the break-up of the original family find healing and satisfaction in the new start promised by remarriage. The new marriages that thrive are those where the partners have worked on these 5 Rs together.

To Blend or Not to Blend: The Pros and Cons of a Blended Family

Amy Lord | Posted 08.24.2014 | Divorce
Amy Lord

All I can say is step lightly. No one is replaceable. No one is replacing your child's mommy or daddy. It is a new situation and a very delicate one at that.

This Could Determine If Your Next Relationship Is Healthy Or Not

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.13.2014 | Divorce

The divorce process is over, and you're looking to date again. Maybe another marriage is in your future. But you worry that the fallout from your divo...