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It Takes Over a Village: Calling Out American 'Mommyism'

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Joel Schwartzberg

I want my daughters to grow up feeling vital and empowered based on what's inside them, not on what comes out. I want my son to recognize women as inherently whole and complete, without regard to their present or potential offspring.

When the Wicked Stepmother Fran Drescher Tells You to Get to Work, Better Listen

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

We all know about the wicked stepmother in the story of Cinderella, and how she orders poor Cinderella to do the cleaning and household chores. The ro...

Forming a Family, Step by Step

Jennifer Glass | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

Throughout my life, having a solid stepladder has steadied me and helped me to reach higher. At first I might have tread lightly, but now my footing is firm. I just take it one step at a time.

3 Days in the Life of a Blended Family of Seven

Elizabeth Denham | Posted 03.15.2014 | Divorce
Elizabeth Denham

I am a planner. Google calendar is my friend. I have five kids' and two adults' calendars on my phone, with alerts programmed to mine and theirs (thou...

A Stepmom Learns From Nelson Mandela

Barbara Goldberg | Posted 02.12.2014 | Divorce
Barbara Goldberg

I am not a historian or politician. From a distant view, there appears to be a few lessons that we may be able to apply to our own lives. Here are a few lessons about leadership that may give us cause to consider.

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.

3 Good Reasons the Ex-Wife Hates the Stepmother

Barbara Goldberg | Posted 11.23.2013 | Divorce
Barbara Goldberg

If you talk to a divorced, remarried woman long enough, guaranteed you will hear about the new stepmother or the old wife. It seems to come with the territory. Tell someone who you are a stepmother and you will be asked how you get along with the ex within the first hour.

Where Do Grandmom and Grandpop Fit Into the Stepfamily Picture?

Barbara Goldberg | Posted 09.22.2013 | Divorce
Barbara Goldberg

As your spouse was living as a single parent, his/her parents may have been helping with the children. When stepparents come into the picture, we disrupt the equilibrium between the grandparents and their child, as well as the grandparents and their grandchildren

My Two Moms

Kyle Koeppel | Posted 08.12.2013 | Women
Kyle Koeppel

When I was 7, my Mommy died just three months after being diagnosed with colon cancer. One year later, my dad remarried. It was difficult for all of us.


Judy Osborne | Posted 08.10.2013 | Divorce
Judy Osborne

In France, the term for a stepfather is beau-pere (beautiful father). There are lots of beau-peres out there. Let's make them more visible.

Tips for Divorced Couples and Stepparents When Celebrating Children's Life Events

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 08.06.2013 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

It has long been my contention that there are many adults walking around but very few grown-ups. What is a "Grown-Up"? A "Grown-Up" is one who is comfortable in their own skin.

The 3 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Mother's Day

Barbara Goldberg | Posted 07.08.2013 | Divorce
Barbara Goldberg

It is that dreaded time of year for stepmothers everywhere -- Mother's Day. It is reasonable that children spend Mother's Day with their mother. Meanwhile, stepmothers are left to justify why they do not care about Mother's Day.

Relationship Status with Mom: It's Complicated

Penney Berryman | Posted 07.06.2013 | Women
Penney Berryman

You love your Mom... and you find her alternatively infuriating and embarrassing, irreplaceable and overly dramatic, irksome and endearing. As far as I know, Hallmark hasn't yet created a line of cards expressing familial disharmony.

My Stepson Is a Marine

Judy Osborne | Posted 07.07.2013 | Divorce
Judy Osborne

There are few guidelines for stepmothers and stepfathers about how to understand child development or to parent effectively, instantly. They jump into middle of a kid's development and try to make sense of it. Usually with little support.

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...

Why Is It So Hard Being A Step-Parent?

Henry Gornbein | Posted 02.13.2013 | Divorce
Henry Gornbein

Think of the fact that nearly 50% of all marriages end in divorce. Second marriages have a higher failure rate than first marriages. Why is this? He...

Life As A Bonus Mom, From Trisha Yearwood (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | MarloThomas

When Trisha Yearwood joined me on Mondays With Marlo, we had an interesting chat about her role as a stepmother. Trisha told me that she prefers to ca...

Why Does Society Hate Stepmoms?

Elisabeth Gruner | Posted 08.06.2012 | Divorce
Elisabeth Gruner

Once Upon a Time and the other stepmother tales suggest that, as a culture, we may still harbor deep anxieties about non-biological mothers.

The Title of Mom

Kristen Houghton | Posted 07.10.2012 | Women
Kristen Houghton

Like the title of "Queen," mother is a name you have for life.

Why Single Moms Aren’t 'Heroes'

Vicki Larson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

As we slide into Mother's Day, it's clear that we're somewhat murky on what we're celebrating. Somehow, we moms are revered and problematic at the same time, and some are more problematic than others.

I Want Breakfast in Bed! When is Stepmother's Day?

Raina Wallens | Posted 05.08.2012 | Parents
Raina Wallens

It's stepparents -- the very people who don't actually have an official day -- who could, well, kind of use one.

Natasha Burton

Why Stepmoms Get Shafted On Mother's Day | Natasha Burton | Posted 05.05.2012 | Divorce

To stepmother Judy Osborne, Mother’s Day is “the hardest day of the year.” Osborne, a Brookline, Mass.-based marriage and family therapist, ...

What it Means to be a 'Mature Mom'

Ann Blumenthal Jacobs | Posted 05.21.2012 | Fifty
Ann Blumenthal Jacobs

Mom was in her late 30s when I was born. In the suburbs of the 50s, that could have gone down in Ripley's Believe it or Not, but, it was dealt with directly -- she lied about her age.

The Case Against "Stepmother"

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 11.29.2011 | Parents
Joel Schwartzberg

What message does the word "stepmother" convey more clearly than "You're NOT a mother"? And why does a father's new wife need to be contextualized in relation to the mother at all? It declares a winner... as if society doesn't already halo moms over non-moms enough.