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What My Stepson's Mother Said To Me At His Wedding

Anna Breslin | Posted 07.20.2016 | Home
Anna Breslin

I had the most amazing experiences at my stepson’s wedding. The wedding took place on a coastal New England island. The guests took the ferry over. ...

My Astonishing Discovery on Mother's Day

Diana Bletter | Posted 05.08.2016 | Home
Diana Bletter

Last year, soon after my step-son had just been diagnosed with Stage Four non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, I went with him for one of his treatments at the hos...

Are Those Your Kids?

Jim Joseph | Posted 09.08.2016 | Home
Jim Joseph

While we were having a graduation party for my daughter at our house, I had a "guest" say right to my partner that my children were not his children. Right to his face; right in my house. "Those aren't your kids!" Bam.

7 Good Reasons Stepparenting Is Often Harder Than Parenting

Jenna Korf | Posted 05.04.2016 | Home
Jenna Korf

The relationship between stepparent and stepchild will take years to develop and forcing it may actually delay things, or prevent it from ever happening, as negative feelings and resentments build.

The 'Ours' Baby: Great Expectations

Heather Leiva | Posted 04.26.2015 | Home
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.

10 Ways to Break Out of Step-Mother Hell

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 04.02.2014 | Home
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Step mothers have the worst reputations ever. Even our fairytale stories are wrapped up in the "evil step-mother" prototype. We are the women who are portrayed as coming in and taking over the lives of children who are not ours and we are viewed as the women who steal the dad away.

7 Tips for Getting Along Better With Your Stepkids

Ann Blumenthal Jacobs | Posted 03.10.2014 | Home
Ann Blumenthal Jacobs

Let the kids have plenty of alone time with their dad. They need to talk to him and no matter how long you've been in the picture, you are still not part of the child-father equation.

Marrying With Children: The Art of Step-Parenting

Kristen Houghton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Kristen Houghton

One of the hardest jobs to take on is becoming a step-parent. The job becomes even more difficult if this is your first foray into parenthood. If you've never had the responsibility of being a mom or dad, the prospect of becoming one as a step-parent can be a frightening one.

The 'Our' Child

Ivy Lifton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Ivy Lifton

It eventually came to me the beauty of the titles Julian was given at birth. Julian is actually "our" child; he is our family's child that created the force to celebrate the time we get to all be together, even if it is only "half" the time.

At the Top of My Lungs: We Are Family

Jennifer Glass | Posted 10.14.2013 | Home
Jennifer Glass

I'd always had an easy and cordial relationship with Tristan's mom, Lin. But when I got sick, this woman stepped up in the most extraordinary way.

I Play By My Own Stepmothering Rules

Jessica Wernz | Posted 09.25.2013 | Home
Jessica Wernz

If there is one thing I've learned since becoming a stepparent, it's that people love to give you advice. Most of the time, these people are not stepparents themselves.

WATCH: Is It Okay For Stepparents Not To Love Their Stepkids?

OWN | Posted 04.29.2013 | Home

Sasha the Diva's family is in turmoil. The popular radio personality has been married to her husband, Kevin, for two years, making Kevin the stepfathe...

'Why Should I Be Happy About Being A Grandmother?!'

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2012 | Home
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Today, for millions of women who are reaching that stage of life, is about more than just vanity. It raises other complicated feelings less common among women from previous generations. For better or for worse, grandmas are just not what they used to be.

10 Things New Divorcees Should Expect

Judy Silk | Posted 03.10.2012 | Home
Judy Silk

When I was younger, divorce was something you whispered about, like cancer. It came with a certain stigma and a mysterious other-worldliness.

The Holidays: How Stepfamilies Can Be Happier

Wednesday Martin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Wednesday Martin

Stepfamilies often experience extraordinary stress as the holidays--with their pressure cooker of "family" expectations--get underway. So, let go of the Three Big Myths of Stepfamily life.