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7 Things I Didn't Know I Was Getting Into As A Stepmom

Jessica Valentino | Posted 08.29.2016 | Divorce
Jessica Valentino

There is no perfect way to learn how to become a stepmom. There isn't a template or "How-To" book with all of the answers. Figuring out everything you need to know before you become a stepmom is impossible.

Why There Are No 'Half' Or 'Full' Brothers In This Blended Family

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 04.01.2016 | 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...

An Open Letter To Hurting Stepmoms Everywhere

Donna Mott | Posted 03.10.2016 | Divorce
Donna Mott

By extending grace, forgiving yourself, and embracing who you are you can truly be a positive powerful force in your stepfamily. You have the power to build a legacy, a stepmom legacy one memory at a time.

Here's What Real Stepkids Think About Their Stepparents

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 03.02.2016 | Divorce

Stepparents don't often get enough credit for raising their stepkids; the truth is, many of them are just as committed to their sons and daughters as ...

An Open Letter To My Stepkids

Jamie Scrimgeour | Posted 02.29.2016 | Divorce
Jamie Scrimgeour

Over the past few years I've heard people tell you that you're lucky to have a stepmom like me. The thing is, they have it all wrong. I'm the one who is lucky. You three little people have made my life so easy.

Why There Is No Such Thing as a Blended Family

Debra Carnes | Posted 02.18.2016 | Divorce
Debra Carnes

I'm a stepmom and proud of it. But, I truly believe there's nothing blended about marrying someone who brings kids to the marriage while you also bring kids to the marriage. Or, later the two of you add a kid to the mix, which is what I can speak to. Stirred, mixed, grouped together, cobbled, mingled, but not blended.

'Nana Acts Like the Mom'

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 12.15.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

It is commendable that you have embraced this stepmom role so enthusiastically too, and your boyfriend's daughter is very lucky to have you in her life. But, she is also lucky to have her grandmother, as you appreciate too.

I Spoke Badly About My Husband's Ex-Wife and now My Stepkids Hate Me

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 08.25.2016 | Divorce
Samantha Rodman PhD

Dealing with a lot of issues in my three year marriage. My husband has twin thirteen year old daughters and I have an adult son. My husband's ex-wife has never really accepted our happiness, always badgering him and telling the girls mean things about me.

Why We're So Proud of You ... and of Us ... on your Graduation Day

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 06.03.2016 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Tomorrow you will graduate from elementary school. Tomorrow we will all sit in little folding chairs in the cafeteria, watching proudly as you and your classmates line up and walk onto the stage to receive your diplomas.

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...

5 Boldfaced Lies About Being A Stepmom

Brenda Ockun | Posted 05.26.2015 | Divorce
Brenda Ockun

Relationships take time, so don't let anyone define your family's natural progression. Practice kindness and mutual respect. If love develops? Great! Consider it a bonus.

7 Secrets Your Stepkids Wish You Knew

Joyce Linder | Posted 05.19.2015 | Divorce
Joyce Linder

Not everything I do is because of "the divorce" or because I don't like you. Please try to remember what you felt like when you were my age. No matter how good a parent you are, I'm probably going to try to pull away or even rebel in small or big ways.

The 'Hoax' That Brought My Blended Family Together On Christmas

Rachel Pross | Posted 02.24.2015 | Divorce
Rachel Pross

Christmas with a blended family of six kids was pretty chaotic. First, the kids got gifts from a vast empire of grandparents and step-grandparents, and our ex-spouses had their own holiday bashes to boot.

What All Stepparents Need To Know This Holiday Season

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 02.08.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

When in front of each of your children, you and your new partner must present a united front. Whether you agree or disagree should be saved for private moments. Both sets of children need to see you two working together as a strong unit.

This Personal Account Of Loving A Man With Kids Is Beautifully Relatable

Sarah Humphreys | Posted 12.17.2014 | Divorce
Sarah Humphreys

It is quite a unique thing to open the hatchback of a car to load in your skis and see your future step-children in their car seats, shiny-haired heads turned to check you out, a random woman along for the ride. You try to act casual and cheery, but your voice is shaky and your eyes are wet.

Doin' the 2-Step When Your Stepkids Are Ruining Your Marriage

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Most parents will admit that their darling, little angels have, at one point or another, caused a riff in their relationship. Raising children, whether as single parents, as dual parents or as a co-parenting team of several adults, can be challenging and stressful.

10 Words That Describe Life In A Blended Family

Posted 08.19.2013 | Divorce

What's it really like to be part of a blended family? On Sunday night, we challenged our readers to sum up the experience in only one word. Their ...

WATCH: What It's Really Like To Be In A Blended Family

Posted 03.21.2013 | Divorce

Bringing two families together after remarriage isn't always easy, but finding happiness and keeping the peace at home can absolutely be done. (Just t...

A Stepchild’s Sad Confession

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 03.22.2013 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

Having a "blended" family isn't a sign of success, but children who know they are seen for who they are, understood and their feelings respected, is.

3 Steps To Becoming A Super Stepmom

Barbara Goldberg | Posted 09.16.2012 | Divorce
Barbara Goldberg

Did you know that only about one-third of stepfamily marriages last? The statistic begs the question: What is the deciding factor between the families that make it and those that do not?

Why Facebook Can Be Stressful For Step-Parents

Barbara Goldberg | Posted 06.06.2012 | Divorce
Barbara Goldberg

Did you know that there is no delineation for a stepparent on Facebook?

WATCH: How To Stay Connected To Your Stepkids Post-Divorce

Posted 04.05.2012 | Divorce

Video by Janie Lacy for YourTango Are you getting divorced? Do you love your stepchildren as if they were your own? Are you afraid that the end o...

How Much Money Should You Give Your Step Kids?

Suzanna de Baca | Posted 04.29.2012 | Divorce
Suzanna de Baca

Today, blended families are a dime a dozen, but the politics and etiquette of paying for stepchildren is still unique to each family. Which parent pays for what -- and for whom -- can be complicated.

WATCH: Step-Parenting The 'Modern Family' Way

Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce

On last week's episode of ABC hit "Modern Family," Jay (played by Ed O'Neill) has a tender moment with his step-son, Manny (Rico Rodriguez). Manny an...

Blended Families: Bringing Up Baby

Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce

Story courtesy of Babble By Lily Burana I got tears in my eyes the first time I stood back-to-back with my elder stepson and realized he had grown t...