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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."

What My Stepdaughters Taught Me About Divorce

Lisa Dubino | Posted 11.24.2015 | Divorce
Lisa Dubino

Children have their own set of needs. Don't add yours to theirs. Stay focused on being the parent. It's all about them. You had your time pre-divorce. Once the papers are signed, start living your new life.

Avoid Giving Step-Parents the Shaft at Your Wedding

Sandy Malone | Posted 10.29.2015 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

The politics of divorce often come into play when it's time to have a wedding. Even if your parents have been happily apart for many years, the traditions surrounding weddings force everybody involved to declare, more or less, their position in life relative to the bride and groom.

Man's 'Proposal' To His Future Stepdaughter Couldn't Be Sweeter

The Huffington Post | Kelsey Borresen | Posted 09.15.2015 | Weddings

When William Ledbetter popped the question to his girlfriend Paige Evans, he made sure to include one other very important person in his plans: Paige'...

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.

Stepdaughter's Mom Is Threatening to Send Her to a Distant School

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

13-year-olds are reluctant to confide in their parents. One of the benefits of being a "bonus parent" is that you can act as a sounding board for your stepdaughter to talk freely about the things she's struggling to sort out.

My Stepdaughter Wants Nothing to Do With Me

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 05.18.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

When you fell in love with your husband, I am sure you had great hopes of creating a happy family that included both of your children, but as you are discovering, blending a family is often easier said than done.

The Secret To Being A Great Stepmom

Tracy E. Clifford | Posted 11.19.2012 | Divorce
Tracy E. Clifford

My mother and I grew up in divorced homes, and we endured the experience of having both stepmothers and stepfathers. This was, of course, a situation neither of us desired as children, and it caused us both to deal with a great amount of adjustment as adults.