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* Leona ShemzaTuesday After NextMy Art Of Focus...more
@Denise Thank you. You are right, of course we said yes but it doesn't stop the hurt feelings, ... more

5 Tips for a Peaceful Back-to-School Transition for StepMoms

Back to School time means form time. You know those pieces of paper where parents and/or guardians are to be listed. Or not. Nothing seems to bring more angst at the onset of school like those dreaded forms. Actually, it’s not the forms themselves but being left off of them that can fuel an emotional fire deep within a stepmom’s heart....more
Where were you 20 years ago?! Very wise words! I was first married to a man who was divorced ... more

Multiracial, Living with a new step family border-line racist.

 Sorry, this is going to be a pretty long article.      I've wanted to write about this situation I've gotten put into for a while now, so I'm finally giving it a go. So for those of you that don't know my history, I'll explain briefly. I am a Hapa of half Asian descent, half Caucasian/Hispanic. My dad's side of the family is mixed between various Asian descents, and my dad is who I currently live with at the moment. My parents had gotten a divorce several years back when I was still in High School. My mom moved out and I remained home with my father. ...more
Charissa, How wonderful that you can express yourself so well, I wish I had the internet when I ... more

Why I Fired My Father (and Maybe You Should Too)

I was 28 years old when I told my dad I never wanted to speak to him again. I wasn't trying to hurt him. I was just defending myself from someone I was absolutely certain was ruining my life. Growing up, things were pretty tense in our house. One minute my dad would entertain me by reciting poems from Longfellow and the next he’d complain my birth had ruined his marriage. He also had the weird habit of hiding under trees every time a plane flew over the house. ...more
I did this with my step father who was mean and abusive and I actually hated him. Strong words ... more