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How One Stepmom Treads The Fine Line Between Parent And Friend

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.15.2016 | 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...

This Bio-Mom And Stepmom's Friendship Is 100 Percent Inspiring

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.01.2016 | 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...

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...

What This Veteran Stepmom Has Learned From 15 Years Of Blended Family Life

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 12.19.2015 | 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...

Avoid Giving Step-Parents the Shaft at Your Wedding

Sandy Malone | Posted 10.29.2015 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

The politics of divorce often come into play when it's time to have a wedding. Even if your parents have been happily apart for many years, the traditions surrounding weddings force everybody involved to declare, more or less, their position in life relative to the bride and groom.

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.

Why Stepparents Are Amazing

Bonnie Koehn | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Koehn

Here are some reasons I think stepparents are amazing: They don't have to be there. They choose to love and nurture a child that they did not intentionally create. They have absolutely no obligation to do so. The emotional generosity of this blows my mind.

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.

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.

An Open Letter to Anyone Dealing With Our Blended Family

Heather Leiva | Posted 04.13.2015 | Divorce
Heather Leiva

Creating a solid foundation for our family is our primary concern, and we appreciate your patience as we grow and learn. Sometimes we just need time to focus on this new family unit. We miss you, and we love you, but we love us most.

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.

All I Can Ever Promise To Be As A Mother And Stepmother

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 03.24.2015 | Divorce
Nicole Jankowski

While I would never claim to be GOOD at the job of being a mother, I can claim, with assuredness, that I am, at least, experienced.

An Open Letter To My Ex-Husband's New Girlfriend

Tina Plantamura | Posted 03.15.2015 | Divorce
Tina Plantamura

You must be cringing as you read this. You must be thinking I'm going to school you on how to treat your new boyfriend. You must be thinking I'm going to lay down some laws about how to treat my children. That is not at all what this letter is about.

An Open Letter To My Daughter's Stepmom

Candice Curry | Posted 02.08.2015 | Divorce
Candice Curry

I never wanted you here. You simply were never part of the plan. Growing up and dreaming of my family I never included you. I didn't want help from another woman to raise my child. But then you arrived. Dang your kind smile! I was planing on really hating you. I wanted to resent you but you made it impossible.

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.

One Message You Don't Want To Send To Your Children When You Create A Blended Family

Posted 04.02.2015 | Dr. Phil

When a mother concerned about her teen daughter drinking, smoking and causing chaos admits to Dr. Phil that her new husband treats her daughter differ...

Julian and Kelly McMahon on Parenting and Their App for Kids Encouraging Positive Visualization

Caroline Presno | Posted 12.02.2014 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

It's the relationship between Julian and his 14-year-old daughter that sparked the idea for Kelly's book, Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan, and the new iOS/Android app of the same name, for which Julian provides the father's voice.

Remarriage and Renewal

Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Divorce
Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

Many parents and children who felt bruised and battered following the break-up of the original family find healing and satisfaction in the new start promised by remarriage. The new marriages that thrive are those where the partners have worked on these 5 Rs together.

The 5 Things He Didn't Have to Teach Me

Amanda Magee | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

My stepdad came into my life when I was about 11. It was, as you might imagine, not always smooth sailing. Over time, we found our way and Steve taught me these five things.

9 Dos And Don'ts For Divorce Parents Of 2014 Grads

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 08.02.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

If you and your former spouse are one of those new-age, The Trophy Wife blended families who cut birthday cakes together and who share holidays by com...

11 Things Stepparents Aren't Telling You

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 05.08.2014 | Divorce

Being a stepparent is one of the toughest jobs on the planet. It may feel like an uphill battle as you try to gain the trust and love of children who ...

How to Raise Your New Blended Family as a Friendly Acquisition and Not A Hostile Merger

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 05.10.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

The challenges of blending two families are complex, and require a significant investment of time, patience and compromise. Not unlike baking a soufflé, the process cannot be rushed, or it will fall flat and be completely undesirable.

Tips for Navigating the Role of Stepparent

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

The main objective here is to act in your adult, and remember that parents are entitled to parent -- including stepparents. Also keep in mind that the only one that you can change is you.

Sweet Note A Kid Wrote To Her Soon-To-Be Stepdad Is A Must-See

Posted 11.07.2013 | Divorce

UPDATE: This photo has been taken down from Imgur. For other proud stepparenting moments, click here. Any stepmom or stepdad knows that the love o...