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This Woman Brought Her Stepdad To Tears With The Ultimate Thank You Gift

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 04.08.2016 | Divorce

Kristin Russell's stepdad Dave loved his Porsche 914 roadster, but he loved Kristin's mom and their family a whole lot more. When the couple married ...

The Biggest Challenge Of Stepparenting, From A Stepdad's Perspective

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 02.26.2016 | 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 tog...

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.

8 Pieces Of Tried-And-True Advice From Stepdads

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 10.05.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight stepfamilies to learn how they've worked to bring their kids together. Our hope is...

Movies for Stepdads on Father's Day: 11 Films with Positive Portrayals of Stepfathers

Tara McNamara | Posted 06.13.2016 | Entertainment
Tara McNamara

Happy Father's Day, Stepdads! Let's face it, stepfathers don't get much credit. In fact, in cinema circles, they get a lot of resentment, hate and ridicule. Stepfathers in film are usually portrayed as the doofus, the villain, or a distraction to the mother.

Woman's Tribute To Her Stepdad Reminds Us That Family Is More Than Biological Ties

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 04.08.2015 | Divorce

It takes a big person to fully embrace the role of stepdad: You have to love, teach and support your partner's kids just as much as their bio-dad woul...

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 Simone | Posted 08.16.2013 | Weddings
Anne Simone

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...

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...