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6 Truly Inspiring Friendships Between Parents And Stepparents

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.22.2016 | 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 to...

This Clip Of Stepparents Being Thanked Will Make You Tear Up

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 12.30.2015 | Divorce

Stepparents don't tend to get the recognition they deserve for everything they do for their stepkids.  But in a sweet new video from...

'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.

3 Things You Have To Get Used To When You Become A Blended Family

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 11.13.2015 | 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 i...

An Open Letter To My Future Stepmom, From My 12-Year-Old Self

Jamie Scrimgeour | Posted 11.12.2015 | Divorce
Jamie Scrimgeour

We did not ask for our parents to break up. I know that's not entirely fair to you. Because this is your relationship and your life too... but remember, when you signed up to marry my dad, you signed up for us, too.

The RHOC Stepmom Wars

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 11.09.2015 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

Simply stated, stepmothers aren't the most understood. The "evil" stepmother myth is alive and well.

What This Mom Has Learned From 8 Years Of Blended Family Life

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 10.23.2015 | 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...

What This Stepmom Learned From Growing Up With Divorced Parents

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 10.19.2015 | 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 i...

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 i...

How Tough Times Have Made This Blended Family Stronger

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 09.25.2015 | 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...

Woman Accuses Stepfather In Mother’s Disappearance

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 09.23.2015 | Dr. Phil

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Stepparent Pain

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
Sophia Williams-Baugh

I feel like you should think about all surrounding circumstances of a child's behavior or actions before you decide on how to approach a situation. My husband is a "react now, feel guilty after thinking about it later" kind of guy.

The Blended Family Motto This Mom Lives By

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 09.18.2015 | 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...

Why This Stepmom Didn't Try To Win Over Her Stepkids

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 09.11.2015 | 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...

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.

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.