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DNA Doesn't Make a Dad: An Open Letter to the Stranger Who Calls Himself My Dad

Erin Johnson | Posted 04.09.2017 | Parents
Erin Johnson

Image from Shutterstock I never thought my life would resemble an episode of the Maury show. At 35, the last thing you expect is to get a phone call...

To The Man Who Loves A Single Mother

Hannah Idamakanti | Posted 03.08.2017 | Divorce
Hannah Idamakanti

For the man who loves a single mom, I know you are completely enamored by this strong and resilient woman, but please do some deep soul-searching to determine if you have what it takes to be a good stepfather.

Are Those Your Kids?

Jim Joseph | Posted 09.08.2016 | Parents
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.

To the Step Dad on Fathers Day

Shawna Wingert | Posted 06.18.2016 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

I want to recognize any man out there who has taken on kids like mine. Children who needed to be seen, to be known, and to be loved just as they are and no matter what the diagnosis. You are a gift to us. You are a gift to our kids. Keep fighting for us. Keep fighting for our kids.

June, Weddings and Father's Day

Barbara Hammond | Posted 06.05.2016 | Fifty
Barbara Hammond

It's June, the month of Father's Day and weddings. With that in mind, I thought I would combine the two in one post about my favorite step-father and my wedding many years ago.

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.

Dear Family Whisperer: Which Father Do I Celebrate?

Melinda Blau | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Regardless of the past, the important issue is how you might better these relationships in the present. One father might be happy with a sincere, carefully conceived letter summing up what he means to you. Another might need to be part of a celebration or want to cook dinner for you.

Will Britney's Fiance Jason Be A Good Step-Dad?

Posted 12.16.2011 | Divorce

Britney Spears is engaged to her former manager Jason Trawick, the couple confirmed Friday. Spears has two children from her previous marriage to ...

There's No "Half" In "Family"

Eric Payne | Posted 01.30.2012 | Black Voices
Eric Payne

I recently happened upon some paperwork from my son's high school. Seeing my blended family in black and white letters threw me for a loop. The descriptions of us were clinical, anesthetized, devoid of love.

How I Fell In Love With My Stepdaughter

Strollerderby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce

Although we had gone to school together from 1980 to 1987, I hadn't laid eyes on Caroline for nearly a decade. That is before I randomly bumped into h...

Dealing With The Ex-Wife: 7 Steps To Step-Mom Success

Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce

Story courtesy of Babble By C.J. Parker You've finally found the One. He's kind, loving and comes with some delightful freckle-faced baggage: a darl...

The Holidays: How Stepfamilies Can Be Happier

Wednesday Martin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
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.

Not So Brady: 4 Rules For Staying Together When You Remarry With Kids

Therese Borchard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Therese Borchard

It's worth investigating what makes a real Brady family tick because approximately half of all marriages in the US each year are remarriages for one or both partners and 65 percent of them involve children from a previous relationships.

Stepfamilies To Uncle Sam: Learn To Count!

Wednesday Martin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wednesday Martin

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 is: quite a bit.