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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.

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

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 08.25.2015 | 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.

My Daughter Acts Out When Step-Sister Visits

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 07.16.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

With time, and plenty of opportunity to move through difficult feelings, your children should find their way toward building lifelong bonds. Meanwhile, slow things down, expect hiccups, and make room for the big feelings that come as tender hearts adjust to changes in life's routines.

12 Things No One Tells You About Being A Stepparent

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 07.13.2015 | Divorce

    Parenting is tough enough as it is. When you're a stepparent, the job is all the more challenging.  Below, HuffPost Divorce reader...

I Live With My Ex-Wife And Her New Wife -- And Our Kids Are Better For It

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 07.06.2015 | 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...

My Husband And I Live In The Same Building As My Ex. Here's What It's Like

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 06.27.2015 | 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...

What I've Learned From Eight Years Of Blended Family Life

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 06.12.2015 | 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...

How My Ex And I Put Our Differences Aside To Raise Our Son

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 06.05.2015 | 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...

3 Lessons I've Learned From Being on Both Sides of the Stepmom Issue

Karen Becker | Posted 06.04.2015 | Divorce
Karen Becker

Though our all-American blended family can be confusing, it's a giant family filled with people who love all of the children involved. Through the years of being on one side or the other or both, I've learned several valuable lessons.

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

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 06.03.2015 | 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.

What Being A Stepmom Taught Me About Co-Parenting

Lindsey Light | Posted 06.01.2015 | Divorce
Lindsey Light

Before I was divorced, before I became a mother biologically, I was a stepmom. This was not an easy role to tackle. Here are some ways that my role as a stepmom prepared me for my role as the ex-wife.

8 Things Kids Learn From Growing Up In A Blended Family

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 05.29.2015 | Divorce

Each week on HuffPost Divorce, people in stepfamilies share their best advice on blending a family as part of our Blended Family Friday series. It's u...

I Made An Unexpected Friend During Divorce -- My Ex's New Wife

Lisa Lavia Ryan | Posted 05.25.2015 | Divorce
Lisa Lavia Ryan

In the trenches of my worst behavior and my most grievous failures as a human being, I made a friend. She was, and is, my ex-husband's wife.

How I Learned To Appreciate My Husband's Ex-Wife

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 05.22.2015 | 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...

What I Learned About Stepparenting After Having 5 Stepparents Of My Own

Lara Lillibridge | Posted 05.21.2015 | Divorce
Lara Lillibridge

I really thought I knew exactly how ill-fated these relationships were. But then I met my ex-husband, and he had a great relationship with his stepfather. Apparently, it was possible to happily coexist after all.

The 3 Words That Helped This Former 'Real Houswife' Blend Her Family

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 05.15.2015 | 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...

Happy Stepmother's Day!

Meia Chita-Tegmark | Posted 05.10.2015 | Divorce
Meia Chita-Tegmark

I feel that the celebration of stepmotherhood in our cultures should start with us the stepmoms. I also think that it is great to celebrate on Mother's Day -- not because we are trying to steal the day away from the biological mothers, but because of the connection we have to those that share their children with us.

What Kids With Divorced Parents Need To Remember

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 05.08.2015 | 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...

What This Divorced Dad Loves Most About Blended Family Life

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 05.01.2015 | 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...

Why My Spouse Comes First In My Second Marriage

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 04.24.2015 | 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...

The Hardest Part Of Being A Parent In A Blended Family

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 04.18.2015 | 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...

'I Only Like One Stepchild'

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 06.14.2015 | Divorce
Samantha Rodman PhD

You cannot continue to obviously and flagrantly act like you like O better. Not only are you harming X, whose self esteem is already low because other people outside the home likely also like her less than they like X, but you're also harming O.

'I Never Thought I Would Be So Happy To Have Divorced Parents'

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 04.15.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two families. ...

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 'Dirty Little Secret' Of Being A Parent In A Blended Family

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 04.06.2015 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two families. ...