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The 5 Best Things About Being A Stepparent

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 07.25.2014 | 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. ...

Of Mothers and Sons (and Daughters and Stepdaughters)

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

I have a son too. He turned 17 in March. He's six feet tall, kind, smart, handsome. He's leaving for college in a year. Or so. And I frequently catch myself looking at him when he doesn't know it. (Because if he knew, he'd say, "Why are you looking at me like that?")

Juan Pablo's Search for "The Perfect Stepmother"

Mary T. Kelly, M.A. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Divorce
Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

(Photo courtesy of Instagram) Where does the new stepmother fit in this picture? Juan Pablo is the latest single guy looking for eternal and everl...

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.

Tips for Navigating the Role of Stepparent

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

The main objective here is to act in your adult, and remember that parents are entitled to parent -- including stepparents. Also keep in mind that the only one that you can change is you.

Sweet Note A Kid Wrote To Her Soon-To-Be Stepdad Is A Must-See

Posted 11.07.2013 | Divorce

UPDATE: This photo has been taken down from Imgur. For other proud stepparenting moments, click here. Any stepmom or stepdad knows that the love o...

How To Be The Best Stepmom Ever

Honoree Corder | Posted 11.23.2013 | Divorce
Honoree Corder

There is nothing quite like falling in love. It's a complete and total bonus when your relationship includes little ones you can fall in love with, too!

The 18 Biggest Misconceptions About Step-Parenting

Posted 09.19.2013 | Divorce

Stepparents can't seem to win. From dealing with biological parents who argue about overstepped boundaries to answering others' questions about the na...

13 Things You Should Never Say To A Stepparent

Posted 08.23.2013 | Divorce

If you're a stepparent, you're likely no stranger to judgment from others. Whether it's a bio-parent who thinks you need to butt out of family affairs...

4 Co-Parenting Issues To Sort Out Before The School Year

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.12.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

It seems so simple to say -- dare I say, "too simple," -- but the magical Parenting Plan provides all parents (biological and step parents) the specific terms and conditions under which they are to operate, so that there is no room for "innocent" confusion or misunderstanding.

8 Celebrity Stepmoms Who Do It Right

Posted 07.30.2013 | Divorce

We've previously highlighted our favorite celebrity stepdads, and it's about time some star stepmoms got recognized too! These women have stepped up a...

LOOK: Proof That Stepmoms Are Not So Evil After All

Posted 07.18.2013 | Divorce

Don't let the old fairytale trope fool you: not all stepparents are evil. Need proof? Take a look at the seemingly mean-spirited Etsy card one ste...

How To Win Over Your Stepkids

Posted 06.19.2013 | Divorce

The road to achieving a peaceful relationship with your stepkids is lined with eye rolls, and more than a few shouts of "You're not my real dad!" (Ouc...

Helping Children of Divorce Celebrate Father's Day

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

As a mediator, I am astounded by the number of stories I've heard relating to ignored birthdays, forgotten holidays and missed Mother's and Father's Days by children of divorced parents. Parents: Put aside your feelings for just one moment, and focus on your children.

How To Plan A Stress-Free Blended Family Vacation

Posted 05.29.2013 | Divorce

Stressed out over planning a vacation with your blended family this summer? Don't sweat it, we've got you covered! Just last week, we asked a handf...

'We See Them All As Ours'

Posted 05.24.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

This Blended Family's Story Is A Bit... Unusual

Posted 05.10.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

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.

A Stepmom's Secret Confession

Jenna Korf | Posted 06.15.2013 | Divorce
Jenna Korf

Stepmoms, do you find yourself up against a mental block when it comes to cleaning up after your stepchild or nurturing her?

WATCH: The Best Time To Introduce The Kids To Your New Love

Posted 04.08.2013 | Divorce

On Friday, HuffPost Divorce bloggers M. Gary Neuman and Mary Kelly stopped by the "Today" show to discuss the complexities of blending two families af...

My Proudest Moment As A Stepparent

Posted 03.29.2013 | Divorce

Every stepparent remembers the moment they finally earned their stepkids' seal of approval. It's a meaningful moment -- as any stepparent can tell you...

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...

My Stepdaughter Wants Nothing to Do With Me

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 05.18.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

When you fell in love with your husband, I am sure you had great hopes of creating a happy family that included both of your children, but as you are discovering, blending a family is often easier said than done.