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You Don't Need A 'Real' Dad To Celebrate Father's Day

Susannah Keogh | Posted 06.21.2015 | Teen
Susannah Keogh

I mean, I get it, I really do. Father's Day is commercialized and these companies aim to maximize on that. In the midst of all the greeting cards and emails though, we shouldn't forget that Father's Day isn't a preserve of an elite group of people who "have" a father.

The Moment I Bonded With My Stepdaughter For Good

Heather Leiva | Posted 04.07.2015 | 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

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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

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'Becoming A Family Has Meant Lots Of Baby Steps'

Posted 08.16.2013 | Divorce

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We 'Celebrate Even The Smallest Breakthrough'

Posted 08.09.2013 | Divorce

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

Posted 08.02.2013 | Divorce

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Why My Husband And I Are Friends With My Ex

Posted 07.26.2013 | Divorce

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Why This Blended Family Takes Epic Themed Photos Every Year

Posted 07.19.2013 | Divorce

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

Posted 07.12.2013 | Divorce

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My Ex Is 'By Far My Very Best Friend'

Posted 07.05.2013 | Divorce

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What These Kids Love Best About Their Blended Family

Posted 06.28.2013 | Divorce

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'You Can Learn Important Lessons From A Failure'

Posted 06.21.2013 | Divorce

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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...