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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 04.14.2015 | 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. ...

My Stepdaughter Claims She's an Outsider

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Whenever I coach the parent of a child with behavioral problems, I ask them to take a few steps back and and look at the misbehavior as a message announcing that something in the child's life isn't working.

What People Don't Understand About Blended Families

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 03.27.2015 | 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. ...

I'm The Third Wife. Here's How I Benefit From My Husband's Earlier Marriages.

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 03.20.2015 | 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. ...

My Stepmother Plan Was harder to Write Than my Business Plan

Kathryn Minchew | Posted 03.16.2015 | Divorce
Kathryn Minchew

It was clear to me I needed some kind of plan but here was a situation where one of the largest stakeholders in my business (aka my new family) was someone I had never interviewed, let alone approved.

4 Reasons Fathers in Remarriage Walk on Eggshells

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

For the majority of fathers I work with, they suffer because they often feel like they're walking on eggshells with their new partners when it comes to the topic of their children.

The Vow My Ex-Husband And I Made To Our Kids After Divorce

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 03.06.2015 | 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. ...

Don't Tell Your Father, Don't Tell Your Mother: A Major Mistake in Co-Parenting

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 03.04.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Regardless of the underlying meaning, or good intentions of the speaker, the end result still places an unfair burden on a child, who is now left holding the bag of secrets.

What Makes The 'Hard Work' Of Blending A Family Entirely Worth It

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 02.20.2015 | 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. ...

My Second Husband Almost Instantly Won Over My Little Boy -- Here's How

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 02.13.2015 | 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. ...

How To Keep Your Sanity As A Stepmom, From Someone Who's Been There

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 02.06.2015 | 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. ...

The Moment I Bonded With My Stepdaughter For Good

Heather Leiva | Posted 04.07.2015 | Divorce
Heather Leiva

A biological parent can suggest it's dangerous to walk on those rocks, and be met with momentary disdain followed by snuggles five minutes later.

Blending Our Family Hasn't Been Easy, But Here's How We Make It Work

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.30.2015 | 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. ...

What It's Like To Become A Stepdad When You Have No Kids Of Your Own

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.23.2015 | 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. ...

An Adult Child's Account Of Growing Up In A Stepfamily

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.16.2015 | 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. ...

Why My Ex-Husband Gave His Blessing At My Second Wedding

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.09.2015 | 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. ...

9 Resolutions Your Blended Family Should Make This Year

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.01.2015 | Divorce

It's that time of year again for resolutions and bold declarations of "new year, new me." Here at HuffPost Divorce, we're a little less drastic when i...

What We've Learned From Two Decades Of Blended Family Life

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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. ...

How I Came To See My Ex As A Friend And Not Just A Parenting Partner

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 12.12.2014 | 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. ...

10 Reasons Second Marriages Are The Best Marriages

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 02.08.2015 | Divorce
Jennifer Cullen

Time has taught us that it is harder for people to change as we get older and more set in our ways. We know we can't change our spouse, and we're okay with that or else we wouldn't have married them.

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.