5 Guidelines for Step-Parents to Raise a Blended Family

Today is my step-son’s 22nd birthday. Twenty-Two! That is just crazy. I feel honored to have spent the last 14 years watching him grow into a wonderful young man. When I think about the last 14 years I get overwhelmed. Being a step-mom is not easy. I have sacrificed so much of myself, questioned my self-worth, and bit my tongue more times than I can count. The relationship I have with my step-son today makes it all worth it. ...more
Dr E Imperfect Nirvana, I love the truth in that statement. Thanks for the added tip!more

How To Deal With Blended Family Issues

I caught a post on my Facebook news feed today raising the question of dealing with blended family issues. I would like to say that we are one of the few lucky ones who don't have any issues being a blended family. But the truth is the opposite. We DO have issues. Most blended families have issues, whether we like to admit it or not. From feeling like you are living in the ex's shadow, to children not accepting you, to family still refusing to accept the fact that you have moved on with someone else..., all of us who have a blended family are facing those issues on a daily basis. What matters most is HOW we deal with those issues....more
Great advice...being a stepparent is one of the hardest jobs I have had.  And that with the ...more

Do You Need To Be Married To Successfully Blend Two Families Together?

I HAVE A BLENDED FAMILY WITH MY PARTNER. IS IT IMPORTANT FOR OUR KIDS THAT WE ACTUALLY GET MARRIED?...more

Shaken and stirred... the life of a blended family.

The blending. ...more

Better Than Dad

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This is awesome! Kudos to your Terrence and the countless men who do the same but do not get the ...more

On Being the Step-Mom on Mothers Day

When I became a mother to my two boys, it was in the typical fashion: wanting babies, making babies, growing babies, birthing babies, loving babies....more

The Stepmom's Secret

Have you ever wondered what’s in it for stepmoms? Why do they do what they do? It turns out they have a secret....more

How Our Blended Family Began

Blended families have a unique set of elements that bring richness and complexity to the family dynamic. Every family faces challenges and enjoys rewards on an almost-daily basis, yet it would be fair to say that for blended families the highs are higher and the lows are lower. I don’t know yet if this bi-polar experience is true for the long-term, but so far in our 3-year journey, that’s what we’ve experienced....more

No Kids on Christmas this year? 3 Fun Things to do as a Couple

I know I count myself among the lucky ones who have their kids for Christmas this year, so who am I to talk? Even as our children woke up this morning, excited to see their grandparents, eat a special meal and open their presents, I thought of the years we’ve woken up without them, and that this is a reality for many of our readers today....more