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An Open Letter To My Daughter's Stepmom

Candice Curry | Posted 12.10.2014 | Divorce
Candice Curry

I never wanted you here. You simply were never part of the plan. Growing up and dreaming of my family I never included you. I didn't want help from another woman to raise my child. But then you arrived. Dang your kind smile! I was planing on really hating you. I wanted to resent you but you made it impossible.

10 Reasons Second Marriages Are The Best Marriages

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 12.09.2014 | Divorce
Jennifer Cullen

Time has taught us that it is harder for people to change as we get older and more set in our ways. We know we can't change our spouse, and we're okay with that or else we wouldn't have married them.

What All Stepparents Need To Know This Holiday Season

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 12.11.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

When in front of each of your children, you and your new partner must present a united front. Whether you agree or disagree should be saved for private moments. Both sets of children need to see you two working together as a strong unit.

The One Thing Dr. Phil Equates To Spitting In His Face

Posted 12.16.2014 | Dr. Phil

When a mother concerned about her teen daughter drinking, smoking and causing chaos admits to Dr. Phil that her new husband treats her daughter differ...

Julian and Kelly McMahon on Parenting and Their App for Kids Encouraging Positive Visualization

Caroline Presno | Posted 12.02.2014 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

It's the relationship between Julian and his 14-year-old daughter that sparked the idea for Kelly's book, Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan, and the new iOS/Android app of the same name, for which Julian provides the father's voice.

Remarriage and Renewal

Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Divorce
Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

Many parents and children who felt bruised and battered following the break-up of the original family find healing and satisfaction in the new start promised by remarriage. The new marriages that thrive are those where the partners have worked on these 5 Rs together.

The 5 Things He Didn't Have to Teach Me

Amanda Magee | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

My stepdad came into my life when I was about 11. It was, as you might imagine, not always smooth sailing. Over time, we found our way and Steve taught me these five things.

9 Dos And Don'ts For Divorce Parents Of 2014 Grads

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 08.02.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

If you and your former spouse are one of those new-age, The Trophy Wife blended families who cut birthday cakes together and who share holidays by com...

11 Things Stepparents Aren't Telling You

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 05.08.2014 | Divorce

Being a stepparent is one of the toughest jobs on the planet. It may feel like an uphill battle as you try to gain the trust and love of children who ...

How to Raise Your New Blended Family as a Friendly Acquisition and Not A Hostile Merger

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 05.10.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

The challenges of blending two families are complex, and require a significant investment of time, patience and compromise. Not unlike baking a soufflé, the process cannot be rushed, or it will fall flat and be completely undesirable.

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...

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...

Stepdaughter's Mom Is Threatening to Send Her to a Distant School

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

13-year-olds are reluctant to confide in their parents. One of the benefits of being a "bonus parent" is that you can act as a sounding board for your stepdaughter to talk freely about the things she's struggling to sort out.

A Lot to Learn: As the School Year Begins, Adoption Needs to be in the Curriculum

Adam Pertman | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Adam Pertman

Even as adoption becomes increasingly normalized in the U.S., adoptive families continue to confront roadblocks for their children in a place they expected only smooth roads: the classroom.

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...

Separation Anxiety

Amanda Magee | Posted 10.18.2013 | Parents
Amanda Magee

The girls have been struggling with a kind of separation anxiety lately. There have been more than five announcements of separations/divorce from couples they know over the last year.

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...

What Makes A 'Real Mom'?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 08.14.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

I am a "Real Mom." You may disagree. However, every morning, when I wake, get my stepchildren up and ready for school, make breakfasts, pack lunches, and eventually find time to look in the mirror, I see a mom. Actually, I see my mom.

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...

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.

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.

REVEALED: What Makes A Good Stepdad

Posted 04.11.2013 | Divorce

What's the secret to being a good stepdad? A new study out of Brigham Young’s School of Social Work delves into what stepchildren say contribute...