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Step Parenting

Parents and Step-Parents: Where Is the Boundary Line?

Valerie DeLoach | Posted 03.26.2014 | Divorce
Valerie DeLoach

As both a mother whose children have a step-mom and as a step-mom myself, I honestly have no idea where this supposed line is. It changes completely depending on the parent and I am pretty sure I have unknowingly crossed that line as both a mother and a step-mother.

Man Up to Your Children: Do Not Let Them Determine Your Love Life

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 03.26.2014 | Divorce
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

What happens when a man has met a woman who really makes him happy but his teenage kids hate her for no reason? If a man is not strong in his own self he stands to lose it all in this situation... the respect of his kids and the loss of a love.

I Was a Flexible Parent and Then I Became a Step-Parent

Dr. Kate Roberts | Posted 03.23.2014 | Divorce
Dr. Kate Roberts

Instead of being the flexible, reasonable parent that I am, when we merged families I became the control freak parent I am not. No one liked me, least of all me.

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.

An Open Letter to My Step Kids for Thanksgiving

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 01.26.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

I am so very thankful for this weird, dysfunctionally functional, blended family of ours. Because for the last six years, whether you've hated me or loved me, you've always made me feel like a real mom. And for that alone, I am eternally grateful. I love you with all my heart.

Get Some New Glasses or Get a Divorce!

Jennifer Newcomb Marine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Divorce
Jennifer Newcomb Marine

If there was one thing I wish I could make people understand today about American family life it's this: you are blind.

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.

'Being a Stepmother Is Nothing Like I Thought It Would Be'

Jenifer Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Jenifer Fox

I still feel disingenuous calling them my children. They aren't. Even though they have bedrooms in our house, I sometimes feel like a guest at the dinner table.

'I Really Like My Husband's Ex'

Susan Chatzky | Posted 12.25.2013 | Divorce
Susan Chatzky

I really like my husband's ex, and I feel she really likes me, we aren't exactly friends, but we appreciate and respect one another. We are complete opposites.

The Remarriage Blueprint

Maggie Scarf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Maggie Scarf

A common way of picturing remarriage is as a freshly cleaned slate, a hope-filled new chance at happiness in a completely different relationship. The remarrying pair typically set out with a sense of optimism, a belief that this marriage will improve the quality not only of their own lives, but the lives of the children involved.

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.

Should Stepparents Ever Be Excluded From Family Events?

Posted 07.17.2013 | Divorce

When you aren't on the best terms with your partner's former spouse, even something as innocent as a kid's birthday party or school graduation can bec...

7 Ways To Deal With A Difficult Stepchild

Jenna Korf | Posted 09.15.2013 | Divorce
Jenna Korf

On a good day, step-parenting a well-behaved, easygoing child can have its challenges, but step-parenting a strong-willed child can seem nearly impossible.

Celebrating Mother's Day as a Stepmom

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

It's a new generation, and blended families are the new norm. This realization struck me yesterday, when my stepdaughter, a third-grader, relayed the details of her day at school.

My Husband's Kids Are Coming to Live With Us!

Ann Blumenthal Jacobs | Posted 07.07.2013 | Divorce
Ann Blumenthal Jacobs

You may be angry about the situation, but don't be angry with the kids. Trust us, blaming the kids caught in the middle of this situation won't help. There are times we say you have to take a "grown-up pill" and this is one of them.

Help! I Like My Stepmom, But Don't Want My Mom To Know

Posted 04.30.2013 | Divorce

What do you do when you really like your stepparent, but you don't want your mom or dad to know? That's the tricky situation teen sisters Emily an...

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...

3 Reasons You Should Be Nice To Your Kid's Stepparent

Marina Sbrochi | Posted 06.26.2013 | Divorce
Marina Sbrochi

Here is what my ex's wife does for my children: she loves them.

Confession: I Have Nothing In Common With My Husband

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.17.2013 | Weddings
Holly Robinson

That's what marriage is: A complex dance where you and your partner don't just mirror each other's moves, but embrace the challenge of making up new steps as you go along.

16 Ways To Be A Better Stepparent

Posted 03.28.2013 | Divorce

When you marry someone with kids, it's understandable to want to win over your new stepkids quickly. But the road to a stable relationship with your s...

How To Win Over Your Stepkids

Posted 03.26.2013 | Divorce

It's a rare stepparent who hasn't tried, in their own way, to win over their stepkids. Whether it was snapping up two Justin Bieber concert tickets or...

The Best Type Of Relationship To Have Post-Split

Vicki Larson | Posted 03.30.2013 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

Our relationship doesn't look like a relationship is "supposed" to look like, and so people feel uncomfortable about it.

9 Great Midlife Posts We Read In 2012

Grown And Flown | Posted 03.03.2013 | Fifty
Grown And Flown

The single best thing about our first year blogging has been expanding our world with all of the amazing writers we have met. The second best thing is reading their work. In that spirit we have gathered some of the best reading we found in 2012.

Did LeAnn Rimes Cross The Line?

Posted 12.04.2012 | Divorce

So much for a social media truce. Late last week, the Twitter feud between LeAnn Rimes and Brandi Glanville was reignited when the country singer took...

4 Things That Make My Spouse An Amazing Stepfather

Felice Shapiro | Posted 08.14.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

My sons lost their dad to an accident when they were 16 and 18. I met Bill within that first year. I never could have imagined my life would turn out this way.