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What It's Like Becoming A Stepmom To 4 Kids At Age 28

The Huffington Post | Carolin Lehmann | Posted 07.29.2016 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they’ve worked to bring their two families t...

The Fourth Hug: Finding My Rhythm as a Stepmom

Heather Leiva | Posted 03.29.2016 | Divorce
Heather Leiva

I hope she will see all the other ways I'm better at showing how much I love her, and she laughs when describing her stepmom explaining, "She doesn't know how to hug."

It Is Possible to Be Friends With the Stepmom

Elana Christiansen, LMFT | Posted 09.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Elana Christiansen, LMFT

Marcie is my daughter's stepmom, or as we say in our family, her second mom. We've never really referred to her as stepmother unless we were trying to...

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.

7 Good Reasons Stepparenting Is Often Harder Than Parenting

Jenna Korf | Posted 05.04.2016 | Divorce
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.

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.

All Mothers' Day

Alexis Lauricella | Posted 07.11.2014 | Parents
Alexis Lauricella

Mothers, you are all amazing. No matter how you became a mother and regardless of whether you are your child's biological mother of her 20th mother, thank you for being an amazing Mom! Happy All Mothers' Day!

My Stepmom Suffered From Schizophrenia, and I Had No Idea (VIDEO)

Kathy Carter Woods | Posted 05.06.2014 | Black Voices
Kathy Carter Woods

Patty was a wonderful stepmom. Sweet and kind, she treated my sister and me like we were her very own. She worked for the airlines and often had a crazy, upside-down schedule, yet she never failed to be a loving force for good.

10 Ways to Break Out of Step-Mother Hell

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 04.02.2014 | Divorce
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.

Man Up to Your Children: Do Not Let Them Determine Your Love Life

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 03.26.2014 | Divorce
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

What happens when a man has met a woman who really makes him happy but his teenage kids hate her for no reason? If a man is not strong in his own self he stands to lose it all in this situation... the respect of his kids and the loss of a love.

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.

Let's Stop Expecting Sandra Bullock to Be a Stepmartyr

Wednesday Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Wednesday Martin

Many women suffer from what I call Stepmartyr Syndrome--embracing the notion that they are going to make it all better for everyone, whatever the cost to them personally.

Can a Stepmother Like Sandra Bullock Be a Better Parent than a Biological Mom Who's a Porn Star?

Jill Brooke | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jill Brooke

Rarely when fathers seek full custody of a child are the facts so stacked against the mother as in the case between "Monster Garage" star Jesse James and his ex-wife, porn star Janine Lindemulder.

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.

When And Why You Shouldn't Put The Kids First

Wednesday Martin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wednesday Martin

Shunting the husband/wife relationship to the back burner whenever the stepchildren are around is, it turns out, a recipe for marital and step-family disaster.

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.

Is Evil Born -- Or Made?

Diane Dimond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Diane Dimond

How does a young boy pick up a 22 caliber single action rifle and pump four bullets into his own father and then six more bullets into a man who rents a room in the family home?