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The Men Who Made Me Who I Am

Doug Zeigler | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Doug Zeigler

I have no recollection of my biological father whatsoever. Without the few pictures of him I have, I wouldn't be able to even tell you what he looks like

The Faithful Shopper: Darling Dads

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 08.12.2014 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Father's Day is Sunday and you're running out of time to make it special! Trust me, the fathers in your life do NOT need another tie, bottle of afters...

DIY Ideas for Incorporating Children into Second Weddings

Rachel Sherman | Posted 07.13.2014 | Weddings
Rachel Sherman

A second marriage is different. It starts with a second wedding. This wedding is also different. First of all, you are an old hat. Second of all, much of the weight is (hopefully) lifted.

How My Stepdaughters Toppled My Great Big Daddy Ego

Doug Zeigler | Posted 03.16.2014 | Parents
Doug Zeigler

To me, raising sons was easy. I'm a man, and I used to be a boy. I can relate. Girls, though... Not a clue.

My Friend, the Killer

Mary Papenfuss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Mary Papenfuss

It's difficult to think of this girl's last minutes, attacked by the man she called daddy, staring, scared and uncomprehending, as she bled to death. But it's her killer who's on my mind. I don't understand how he could have taken a life. But he's a friend now and his terror has become mine.

Requiem for a Heavyweight

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

A week before Guido's death on a Friday night he suddenly began shaking and was struggling to breathe. He had a Do Not Resuscitate order so there would be no more harrowing trips to the emergency room.

Fathers, Family and Finding Love

Anne Almasy | Posted 08.16.2013 | Weddings
Anne Almasy

Weddings and families. Depending on your family, the very thought may send you into a swoon of happiness or a mad dash for the Xanax. As a wedding photographer, I've seen both responses (and everything in between) played out on notoriously emotion-filled wedding days.


Judy Osborne | Posted 08.10.2013 | Divorce
Judy Osborne

In France, the term for a stepfather is beau-pere (beautiful father). There are lots of beau-peres out there. Let's make them more visible.

Tips for Divorced Couples and Stepparents When Celebrating Children's Life Events

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 08.06.2013 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

It has long been my contention that there are many adults walking around but very few grown-ups. What is a "Grown-Up"? A "Grown-Up" is one who is comfortable in their own skin.

My Stepson Is a Marine

Judy Osborne | Posted 07.07.2013 | Divorce
Judy Osborne

There are few guidelines for stepmothers and stepfathers about how to understand child development or to parent effectively, instantly. They jump into middle of a kid's development and try to make sense of it. Usually with little support.

My Proudest Moment As A Stepparent

Posted 03.29.2013 | Divorce

Every stepparent remembers the moment they finally earned their stepkids' seal of approval. It's a meaningful moment -- as any stepparent can tell you...

16 Ways To Be A Better Stepparent

Posted 03.28.2013 | Divorce

When you marry someone with kids, it's understandable to want to win over your new stepkids quickly. But the road to a stable relationship with your s...

How To Win Over Your Stepkids

Posted 03.26.2013 | Divorce

It's a rare stepparent who hasn't tried, in their own way, to win over their stepkids. Whether it was snapping up two Justin Bieber concert tickets or...

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...

Boy's Murder Conviction Overturned

AP | CHARLES WILSON | Posted 02.10.2013 | Crime

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana judge didn't take enough time when he rushed a 12-year-old boy accused of helping kill a friend's stepfather into adul...

Why Good Dads Are Becoming Obsolete

Vicki Larson | Posted 08.16.2012 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

It's a tough time to be a dad. Let's give give dads what they really need -- a loud collective voice that says fatherhood matters.

4 Things That Make My Spouse An Amazing Stepfather

Felice Shapiro | Posted 08.14.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

My sons lost their dad to an accident when they were 16 and 18. I met Bill within that first year. I never could have imagined my life would turn out this way.

Confessions Of A Wicked Step-Mother

Nina Lorez Collins | Posted 09.20.2011 | Divorce
Nina Lorez Collins

When I got married, at twenty-three, I became a stepmother to a seven-year-old-boy. I'd known Jonah since he was four, and his parents had divorced wh...

Keeping My Step-Dad's Secret

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Theo Pauline Nestor

A year or so after he walked me down the aisle, my beloved stepfather disappeared. My parents--that's what I'd always called my mother and my stepfat...

A Stepfather's Lament: I Want To Be 'Dad'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce

Story courtesy of Babble By Kevin Keck I am down in my workshop standing amongst tools that date back to my great-grandfather. Most of the tools are...

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.

Needles Extracted From Areas Around Brazilian Toddler's Lungs, Heart

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — A Brazilian toddler was awake and breathing on his own Saturday after doctors removed four life-threatening sewing needles from...

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.

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.

Where The Wild Things Are Wins Box Office

AP | DAVID GERMAIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — "Where the Wild Things Are" proved a bigger hit with adult audiences than family crowds as the adaptation of Maurice Sendak's belo...