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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 10.28.2014 | 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...

How To Survive The Holidays As A Blended Family (Without Calling The Cops)

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 10.24.2014 | Divorce
Elaine Ambrose

With coordinated logistics, bribes and chocolate, combined families can learn how to survive without a food fight, bloodletting or lawsuits. Just keep the wine and the children breathing.

What Happened When This Divorced Dad's Ex-Wife Played Matchmaker

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 10.24.2014 | 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. ...

Halloween Trick or Treat Tips for Parents With Kids of Divorce

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.22.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

You're now embracing your newfound life co-parenting, your children can and have a right to have a great night and create wonderful memories with their family and friends.

United By Grief, This Couple Felt Whole Again After Blending Their Families

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 10.17.2014 | 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. ...

This Remarried Couple With 8 Kids Has Some Thought-Provoking Marriage Advice

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 10.10.2014 | 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 Losing Our First Spouses To Cancer Has Taught Us About Love

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 10.03.2014 | 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. ...

This Blended Family Doesn't Live Together And They're Happier For It

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 09.29.2014 | 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. ...

This Stepfamily Got Through Some 'Really Tough Stuff' But They're Still Standing

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 09.19.2014 | 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. ...

Move Over, First Families: 'Blended' Families Are the New Game in Town

Beverly Willett | Posted 11.17.2014 | Divorce
Beverly Willett

Ads like Honey Maid's, however, place moms like me and dads like my ex potentially on the defensive, maybe even to be labeled bigots. But why should I ever need to defend myself for wanting to make sure that my children know that their dad is 'Dad' and their mom is 'Mom.'

7 Lessons All Blended Families Can Learn From

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 09.16.2014 | Divorce

You may not have realized it, but September 16 is officially National Stepfamily Day -- and yes, you should celebrate! (Come on, if anyone deserves a ...

If We Get Out Of This Rite Aid Alive

Kelly Fig Smith | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Kelly Fig Smith

You forget what the first two stages of grief are and decide to land squarely in stage three: bargaining. You'll buy him a new toothbrush. A candy bar. A pony. Whatever he wants, if for the love of God he stops throwing up now. This instant. Immediately.

What These Stepparenting Vets Are Doing Differently This Time Around

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 09.15.2014 | 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. ...