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10 Ways to Break Out of Step-Mother Hell

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 04.02.2014 | Divorce
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Step mothers have the worst reputations ever. Even our fairytale stories are wrapped up in the "evil step-mother" prototype. We are the women who are portrayed as coming in and taking over the lives of children who are not ours and we are viewed as the women who steal the dad away.

7 Tips for Getting Along Better With Your Stepkids

Ann Blumenthal Jacobs | Posted 03.10.2014 | Divorce
Ann Blumenthal Jacobs

Let the kids have plenty of alone time with their dad. They need to talk to him and no matter how long you've been in the picture, you are still not part of the child-father equation.

Marrying With Children: The Art of Step-Parenting

Kristen Houghton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Kristen Houghton

One of the hardest jobs to take on is becoming a step-parent. The job becomes even more difficult if this is your first foray into parenthood. If you've never had the responsibility of being a mom or dad, the prospect of becoming one as a step-parent can be a frightening one.

The 'Our' Child

Ivy Lifton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Ivy Lifton

It eventually came to me the beauty of the titles Julian was given at birth. Julian is actually "our" child; he is our family's child that created the force to celebrate the time we get to all be together, even if it is only "half" the time.

At the Top of My Lungs: We Are Family

Jennifer Glass | Posted 10.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

I'd always had an easy and cordial relationship with Tristan's mom, Lin. But when I got sick, this woman stepped up in the most extraordinary way.

I Play By My Own Stepmothering Rules

Jessica Wernz | Posted 09.25.2013 | Divorce
Jessica Wernz

If there is one thing I've learned since becoming a stepparent, it's that people love to give you advice. Most of the time, these people are not stepparents themselves.

WATCH: Is It Okay For Stepparents Not To Love Their Stepkids?

OWN | Posted 04.29.2013 | OWN

Sasha the Diva's family is in turmoil. The popular radio personality has been married to her husband, Kevin, for two years, making Kevin the stepfathe...

'Why Should I Be Happy About Being A Grandmother?!'

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2012 | Fifty
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Today, for millions of women who are reaching that stage of life, is about more than just vanity. It raises other complicated feelings less common among women from previous generations. For better or for worse, grandmas are just not what they used to be.

10 Things New Divorcees Should Expect

Judy Silk | Posted 03.10.2012 | Divorce
Judy Silk

When I was younger, divorce was something you whispered about, like cancer. It came with a certain stigma and a mysterious other-worldliness.

The Holidays: How Stepfamilies Can Be Happier

Wednesday Martin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wednesday Martin

Stepfamilies often experience extraordinary stress as the holidays--with their pressure cooker of "family" expectations--get underway. So, let go of the Three Big Myths of Stepfamily life.