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Blended Families

It's Official: There's No Such Thing As A 'Traditional' Family

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 12.24.2014 | Parents

When picturing the typical American family, you can forget about a "Leave It To Beaver"-type image. Currently, 54 percent of kids in this country don'...

New Family, New Traditions: Navigating the Holidays After Divorce

Pamela L. Smith | Posted 12.24.2014 | Divorce
Pamela L. Smith

This year, my ex asked to have the boys for dinner on the first night. Even though it wasn't his usual night, he promised to have them home for bedtime. It took a moment to register but I realized that I was no longer a necessary part of this holiday. He is now ready to take on this tradition on his own.

He Said He Loved Me...

Dani Alpert | Posted 12.22.2014 | Divorce
Dani Alpert

I had text, "love you" many times in the past, without a mirrored response; never expecting, never needing one. So it was reading this text, in the back seat of a taxi, on my way to the airport, that my heart swelled, my eyes pooled with tears, and I smiled. Because he said he loved me.

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 To Successfully Navigate The Holidays With A Blended Family

High50 | Posted 12.18.2014 | Fifty
High50

When should you bring a new partner into your family Christmas? And how should you broach it with your kids? These parenting tips from blended families will help navigate tricky situations.

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. ...

The Best and Worst Things About Divorce During the Holidays

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

For most, the roughest moments of the divorce are usually celebrating the first birthdays and first holidays as a divorced family. The juggling of calendars, jostling of kids, and feelings of loss as your traditions are being cast aside can be overwhelming to the newly divorced.

An Open Letter To My Daughter's Stepmom

Candice Curry | Posted 12.10.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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.

The Best Advice For Parents Blending Their Families

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 12.05.2014 | 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. ...

What Parents Must Acknowledge Before Blending Their Families

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 11.28.2014 | 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. ...

Avoiding Blended Family Warfare

Ann Margaret Carrozza | Posted 11.25.2014 | Divorce
Ann Margaret Carrozza

There's no doubt about it -- second (and third) marriages are on the rise. Last week, Pew Research announced that 40 percent of all 2014 newlyweds had walked down the aisle before.

Tried-And-True Advice For Making A Connection With Your Stepkids

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 11.21.2014 | 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. ...

Will Smith And His Ex-Wife Are Total Pros At Co-Parenting

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 11.23.2014 | Divorce

How's this for friendly exes? Will Smith reunited with ex-wife Sheree Fletcher over the weekend to celebrate their son Trey's 22nd birthday at Gho...

The Valuable Lesson I'm Teaching My Kids By Giving Marriage Another Shot

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 11.14.2014 | 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. ...

Alicia Keys Explains The 'Beautiful Value' In Raising A Blended Family

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices

Following a star-studded turn out while raising $2.3 million through her annual Black Ball to assist people affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa and Ind...

4 Stress Management Tips for the Blended Family

Valerie DeLoach | Posted 11.12.2014 | Divorce
Valerie DeLoach

We have four kids at four different schools with two different custody schedules. Not to mention piano, tutoring, soccer, cross country, basketball and two girls playing tennis. He and I both will probably spend at least eight hours in the car this week carpooling kids. Every week is tough logistically, but I am proud to say we are surviving.

The Golden Rule Of Stepparenting, According To A Veteran Stepmom

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 11.07.2014 | 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. ...

Is Coffee-Shop Divorce Coaching an Alternative to Couch Therapy?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Would the comfy lounge chairs and soothing smell of lattes create the kind of inviting atmosphere, where people going through the most challenges conflicts of their lives, could open up and discuss their divorce?

What Do Marathons and Divorce Have in Common?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 11.03.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Most who have been through a divorce will tell you that it is a marathon, not a sprint. In order to get to the finish line without collapsing, it is helpful to have a coach guide you from beginning to end.

To All You Spooky Scary Frightening Evil Stepmothers

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 10.31.2014 | 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.

The Lesson This Couple Learned From Their First Marriages

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 10.31.2014 | 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. ...

Would You Consider Trick-or-Treating With Your Spouse's Ex This Halloween?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.30.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Maybe... just maybe... doing what's in the best interests of the children means trick or treating as one giant, functionally dysfunctional, blended family full of kids, step-kids, half-brothers and sisters, stepmoms, stepdads and you and your former spouse.

9 Strategies For Making A Blended Family Blend

Posted 12.16.2014 | Dr. Phil

Is your blended family just like The Brady Bunch? Probably not, because it’s not easy to combine two families into a new unit. Welcoming a new spous...