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Dear Stepmother: You Are Not a Mom

Kelly Chaplin | Posted 09.11.2015 | Divorce
Kelly Chaplin

Mom is a title that women hold closely, and I understand that. Mom is your title and yours alone. I didn't plan on being a stepmom, nor did I pick the title. It is not something that I worked for, yet it is something that I am working on. I'm here to love and care for my stepdaughter as best I can and put her needs and wants first. Being a stepmom is a separate relationship from being mom, and one does not threaten or replace the other.

'I Am A Wicked Stepmother'

Kelly Chaplin | Posted 08.31.2015 | Divorce
Kelly Chaplin

Evil, withholding love, despising children and being equally despised by all. Stepmothers in fairy tales are never depicted nicely. I joined this infamous and complicated club ten years ago.

Stepmoms and Teen Stepdaughters: Oil and Vinegar

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 08.05.2015 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

"They're like oil and vinegar." We're all familiar with this expression and it couldn't be more accurate when it comes to the relationship between a stepmother and her teen stepdaughter. The conflict can take a toll, creating tension in father-daughter relationships.The fathers don't make it any easier.

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.

Dating a Guy With Kids? 6 Things You Must Find Out!

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 04.08.2015 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

If you don't have kids, you may be a little more challenged but that's okay if you are willing to explore these 6 things you MUST find about:

3 Surprising Facts About Family Today

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 03.28.2015 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

The world and our lives are changing at speeds never before experienced. The family, like everything else, has been doing its own kind of changing.

6 Must-Read Books for Overwhelmed Stepmoms

Peggy Nolan | Posted 03.28.2015 | Divorce
Peggy Nolan

Read this book with your sweetheart. It could very well save your relationship or become the go-to resource anytime either of you forgets that your relationship must take priority if you want your relationship to flourish and your marriage to succeed.

One Stepmom's New Year's Resolution: Interludes in the Woods

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.01.2015 | Women
Holly Robinson

It's easy to be miserable after the holidays. Maybe you created a perfect holiday with your family, and you're grieving now that family and friends are leaving.

s The Stepdaughter-Stepmother Relationship Doomed?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I'm a 17-year-old female and nearing the end of my life as a child. My parents have been divorced for about four years now, which is for the better, but a year ago, my father married a woman I cannot bear to be around.

How You Can Fall in Love With Your Stepmother

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 01.10.2015 | Women
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

She had platinum blonde hair worn in an Aqua-Net bouffant, thick black eyeliner and a figure Jayne Mansfield would've killed for. At night, she peeled her false eyelashes off like she was undressing her face.

To All You Spooky Scary Frightening Evil Stepmothers

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 12.31.2014 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

Unless you are truly an "evil stepmother" (and there are some), releasing expectations of acceptance and love from your stepchildren will allow you to focus more on your partner, building a strong and lasting union, which certainly benefits the kids who don't need to go through another horror of a family splintering in different directions.

Move Over, First Families: 'Blended' Families Are the New Game in Town

Beverly Willett | Posted 11.17.2014 | Divorce
Beverly Willett

Ads like Honey Maid's, however, place moms like me and dads like my ex potentially on the defensive, maybe even to be labeled bigots. But why should I ever need to defend myself for wanting to make sure that my children know that their dad is 'Dad' and their mom is 'Mom.'

The Other Mothers

Daphne Wayans | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Daphne Wayans

In these more modern times, it's as though we've lost that sense of community where we really allow others to help us with the rearing of our children. We have forgotten or are neglecting to include this as one of our assets as a mother.

This Man Is Celebrating 7 Moms On Mother's Day

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 05.09.2014 | Parents

If you're feeling the pressure to get your mom an absolutely perfect gift for Mother's Day, just be happy you don't need to buy seven of them. Josh...

Juan Pablo's Search for "The Perfect Stepmother"

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

(Photo courtesy of Instagram) Where does the new stepmother fit in this picture? Juan Pablo is the latest single guy looking for eternal and everl...

Lessons I Learned From My Parents: Part V

Mark Baer | Posted 11.17.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Parents are correct in the notion that causing the children to take sides can be extremely useful in their divorce game of chess. However, unlike chess, divorce is not a game and children are not pawns.

Singing the Stepmother Blues

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 09.30.2013 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

If the general culture truly cares about marriage and family values, it would do well to listen to the voices of stepmothers. Many stepmothers are filling a void without recognition or understanding.

Do's and Don'ts When Meeting Your Ex-Husband's New Girlfriend

Jackie Pilossoph | Posted 07.17.2013 | Divorce
Jackie Pilossoph

Do remember that she is now the proud new owner of a relationship with his mother! Tell yourself how much fun she's going to have dealing with that!

For Stepmothers Who Dread Mother's Day

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

Yup, this Sunday is Mother's Day and Hallmark and reality are once again on a collision course. Many stepmothers will get their feelings hurt, their hopes dashed, their efforts unacknowledged and that sinking feeling of "why in the world do I even try?"

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.

The 3 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Mother's Day

Barbara Goldberg | Posted 07.08.2013 | Divorce
Barbara Goldberg

It is that dreaded time of year for stepmothers everywhere -- Mother's Day. It is reasonable that children spend Mother's Day with their mother. Meanwhile, stepmothers are left to justify why they do not care about Mother's Day.

WATCH: Woman Reunites With Stepmom After Boston Bombing

Posted 05.01.2013 | Divorce

After learning that her stepmother had been injured in the Boston Marathon attacks, Atlanta waitress Leah Powers wanted to fly to Boston to be with he...

The Worst Thing To Say To Stepmoms

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 12.20.2013 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

In over ten years of working with stepmothers, I've rarely met one who would fall under the definition of an "evil stepmother".

An Open Letter To Jada Pinkett Smith

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 04.27.2013 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

Reality is often more complicated than we'd like to admit and not every stepmother gets to have a Hollywood ending

Life As A Bonus Mom, From Trisha Yearwood (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | MarloThomas

When Trisha Yearwood joined me on Mondays With Marlo, we had an interesting chat about her role as a stepmother. Trisha told me that she prefers to ca...