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

Anna Breslin | Posted 07.20.2016 | Divorce
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. ...

An Open Letter To The Dad Who Chose Me

Tawny Engleman | Posted 06.19.2016 | Women
Tawny Engleman

I had a father before you and he was my world. And as hard as it is for people to believe, I was his world as well. You see, people often talk about the bad dads who leave their little girls, but no one talks about the good ones, and I wish they would have.

Surviving My Children

Trish Eklund | Posted 05.20.2016 | Divorce
Trish Eklund

My blended family works together as much as we can, but like most children, my daughters tested their boundaries, and at times I wondered if our relationships would survive them.

A Love Letter To My Stepdaughters, Who Helped Me Become The Best Mom I Can Be

Rebecca Kraus | Posted 05.05.2016 | Divorce
Rebecca Kraus

Stepmothers get a bad rap. If they're not being called evil or wicked, they're somehow conniving or jealous. Thanks, Disney. As a card-carrying stepmom, I reject that notion and that title.

Why I Became Friends With My Kid's Stepmom

Trish Eklund | Posted 01.20.2016 | Divorce
Trish Eklund

The beginning was tough for both of us. It's difficult for a new stepmom to come into a new role with children who already have a mom. It is equally hard for a mom going through a divorce to let go and allow another woman to parent her children.

Daddy's Home - Nobody Does Step-Parenting Like Ferrell and Wahlberg!

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 12.28.2015 | Teen

A mild-mannered radio executive strives to become the best stepdad to his wife's two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and fre...

Blended Family Forum: What's in a Name?

Elizabeth Denham | Posted 09.25.2015 | Divorce
Elizabeth Denham

Before we blended, our children had established identities. When divorced parents remarry, the waters of identity can be muddied for the kids.

Stepparent Pain

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
Sophia Williams-Baugh

I feel like you should think about all surrounding circumstances of a child's behavior or actions before you decide on how to approach a situation. My husband is a "react now, feel guilty after thinking about it later" kind of guy.

What It's Like To Meet Your Ex's New Love On Social Media

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 08.03.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

My ex has a girlfriend. I don't know how serious it is or how serious it isn't, but she's there. Just hanging out on his Facebook page, silently. She's there, just casually mentioned by him a month ago.

3 Things Parents Can Do To Make Divorce Easier On The Kids

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 12.02.2013 | Divorce
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

Often, the hardest part of divorce is to put your own emotional issues aside in order to do some very difficult parenting feats. Here are some ways to help your children get through this crisis as painlessly as possible.

The 18 Biggest Misconceptions About Step-Parenting

Posted 09.19.2013 | Divorce

Stepparents can't seem to win. From dealing with biological parents who argue about overstepped boundaries to answering others' questions about the na...

I Play By My Own Stepmothering Rules

Jessica Wernz | Posted 09.25.2013 | Divorce
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.

Should Stepparents Ever Be Excluded From Family Events?

Posted 07.17.2013 | Divorce

When you aren't on the best terms with your partner's former spouse, even something as innocent as a kid's birthday party or school graduation can bec...

Celebrating Mother's Day as a Stepmom

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

It's a new generation, and blended families are the new norm. This realization struck me yesterday, when my stepdaughter, a third-grader, relayed the details of her day at school.

My Husband's Kids Are Coming to Live With Us!

Ann Blumenthal Jacobs | Posted 07.07.2013 | Divorce
Ann Blumenthal Jacobs

You may be angry about the situation, but don't be angry with the kids. Trust us, blaming the kids caught in the middle of this situation won't help. There are times we say you have to take a "grown-up pill" and this is one of them.

Help! I Like My Stepmom, But Don't Want My Mom To Know

Posted 04.30.2013 | Divorce

What do you do when you really like your stepparent, but you don't want your mom or dad to know? That's the tricky situation teen sisters Emily an...

5 Ways To Manage Your Divorced Parents At Your Wedding

Liz Coopersmith | Posted 03.05.2013 | Weddings
Liz Coopersmith

I pointed it out earlier this year that weddings make families do the wacky. But the wacky factor can rise astronomically when your parents are divorced.

Why Is It So Hard Being A Step-Parent?

Henry Gornbein | Posted 02.13.2013 | Divorce
Henry Gornbein

Think of the fact that nearly 50% of all marriages end in divorce. Second marriages have a higher failure rate than first marriages. Why is this? He...

The Marriage That Will Make You Believe In Love

Hilda Chacón & Pedro Morán-Palma | Posted 02.01.2013 | Weddings
Hilda Chacón & Pedro Morán-Palma

Hilda Chacón sat down at StoryCorps in New York City with her husband Pedro Morán-Palma to tell the story of how they met. Twenty years ago, Hilda was visiting the U.S. from her native Costa Rica... And Pedro spotted her at a party.

Bridal Guru Colin Cowie Answers Your Burning Questions

Posted 10.17.2012 | Weddings

HuffPost Weddings has teamed up with Colin Cowie (yep, the bridal guru behind nuptials for everyone from Alyssa Milano to Jennifer Lopez) to bring you...

Apologies Don't Start with the Word 'You'

Linda Durnell | Posted 08.20.2012 | Women
Linda Durnell

How often do we listen only until we get the answers we are looking for?

HELP! I Don’t Like My Step Kids

Ann Blumenthal Jacobs | Posted 05.06.2012 | Divorce
Ann Blumenthal Jacobs

When you meet someone later in life, odds are high that one or both of you already have kids. So, what do you do when you love him, but his kids ... not so much?

Breaking Yet Another Taboo -- Is It a Good Thing for Our Psyche?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 03.06.2012 | Entertainment
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Incest in the arts and literature is not new -- going back as far as Greek mythology -- but it was almost always disguised or implied. Now these twisted romances are depicted in graphic detail for all to see.

My Daughter's Step-Mom Is A Bad Role Model, Help!

Posted 11.28.2011 | Parents

Dear Susan, My daughter's step-mom is a horrible influence on her. She allows behavior like lying and cheating to get away with things at school --...

Stepmotherhood Never Ends

Cherie Burns | Posted 01.02.2012 | Parents
Cherie Burns

I have moved on from writing about stepfamilies, but even now when I'm out speaking about my latest book, the biography of the Standard Oil heiress and fashion icon Millicent Rogers, women in the audience often come around afterward to ask me about step-parenting.