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The Moment I Bonded With My Stepdaughter For Good

Heather Leiva | Posted 02.06.2015 | Divorce
Heather Leiva

A biological parent can suggest it's dangerous to walk on those rocks, and be met with momentary disdain followed by snuggles five minutes later.

All I Can Ever Promise To Be As A Mother And Stepmother

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 03.24.2015 | Divorce
Nicole Jankowski

While I would never claim to be GOOD at the job of being a mother, I can claim, with assuredness, that I am, at least, experienced.

How the Sport of Archery Changed This Family's Life

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.22.2015 | Divorce
Brandi Megan Granett

When she reconnected with wounded warrior Kevin Pitts, a former sweetheart, archery served as a bridge between Kevin and Michelle's children, especially then 8-year-old Emma, who took to the sport and is now pursuing the Olympic archery dream.

The Truth About Blending A Family

Valerie DeLoach | Posted 06.21.2014 | Divorce
Valerie DeLoach

It's hard to believe that our new party of six is almost a year old. Overwhelmingly, it has gone a lot smoother than I expected. Our fears before Ma...

You Can't Create A Better Post-Split Life Without Doing These 3 Things

DD Richards | Posted 04.02.2014 | Divorce
DD Richards

There are few challenges in life more difficult than divorce. Dealing with the sometimes overwhelming emotions makes it difficult, if not nearly impossible, to see a silver lining in all of it -- but there is one.

Parents and Step-Parents: Where Is the Boundary Line?

Valerie DeLoach | Posted 03.26.2014 | Divorce
Valerie DeLoach

As both a mother whose children have a step-mom and as a step-mom myself, I honestly have no idea where this supposed line is. It changes completely depending on the parent and I am pretty sure I have unknowingly crossed that line as both a mother and a step-mother.

'Being a Stepmother Is Nothing Like I Thought It Would Be'

Jenifer Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Jenifer Fox

I still feel disingenuous calling them my children. They aren't. Even though they have bedrooms in our house, I sometimes feel like a guest at the dinner table.

My Kids 'Were In No Way Limited By My Divorce'

Posted 10.04.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

What You Can't Learn About Blended Families From A Book

Posted 09.27.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

Our Kids 'Lives Are Richer Than Ever' Since We Married

Posted 09.20.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

We 'Challenge, Complement And Complete Each Other'

Posted 09.13.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

'We Are A Modern Day Brady Bunch'

Posted 09.06.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

'I Would Not Be Where I Am Now Without My Stepdad'

Posted 08.30.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

Being Part Of A Blended Family 'Makes All Of Us Stronger And Better People'

Posted 08.23.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

'Becoming A Family Has Meant Lots Of Baby Steps'

Posted 08.16.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

We 'Celebrate Even The Smallest Breakthrough'

Posted 08.09.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

'We Could Not Love Each Other's Biological Children More'

Posted 08.02.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

Why My Husband And I Are Friends With My Ex

Posted 07.26.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

Why This Blended Family Takes Epic Themed Photos Every Year

Posted 07.19.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

How I Know My Marriage Is 'Strong And Real This Time Around'

Posted 07.12.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

My Ex Is 'By Far My Very Best Friend'

Posted 07.05.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

What These Kids Love Best About Their Blended Family

Posted 06.28.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

'You Can Learn Important Lessons From A Failure'

Posted 06.21.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

We're 'Blessed' With Our Blended Family

Posted 06.14.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

Getting Here 'Took Years, Tears And Lots Of Flexibility'

Posted 06.07.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...