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

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | 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...

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.

How I Stopped Hating My Ex’s New Wife

Posted 10.05.2012 | Divorce

By Alisa Jaffe Holleron for My ex-husband and his new wife picked up the kids recently to take them on a two-week road trip. My so...

Going to Therapy with my Mother

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 07.16.2012 | Women
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

"Don't let your life be all about men the way mine has been," my mom said on the long distance line as I sobbed about my latest tortured love affair circa 1991.

All The Time In The World

Darcie Maranich | Posted 07.14.2012 | Weddings
Darcie Maranich

Four and a half months after his sudden deployment, Jeff was sent home. The girls and I made T-shirts with catchy slogans: Welcome Home Baghdaddy; Glad You're Back from Iraq.

How My Relationship With My Mom Changed Post-Divorce

Natasha Burton | Posted 07.11.2012 | Divorce
Natasha Burton

There was one aspect of my life that never changed, even when my family's structure did: My relationship with my mom. In fact, in many ways, my parents' divorce only made our bond stronger.

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.