The NEW BigBlendedFamily.com

Wondering why we haven’t posted any updates lately? As of August 15th, BigBlendedFamily.com has a new owner, Next Path Media. We’re happy to add this blended family site to our family of websites that includes Simple Mom Blog, Cooking Tips 101, 30 Day Cafe and other family and home oriented sites ....more

Extending the Season: Adjusting Smoothly from Summer to Fall Time-Sharing

Over the summer, we spent a lot of time at the beach, in the pool and on the lake–loose, silly, unstructured time. Thanks to the vacation clause in our time-sharing agreements with our exes, our four children (Todd’s two and my two) spend two vacation weeks with us in addition to the regular time-sharing schedule. These stretches of summer together time breed intimacy that we all cherish: the hugs and “I love yous” increase many times over ....more

Enter to Win Blended Family Books

Now The Pancake Tree and Heroes, Villains, and Vincent can be yours. Enter to win them, and we’ll throw in a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate for good measure–just for the winner. Filmmaker and child advocate Trenton Payne founded Spirit Boy Publishing because he has first hand knowledge of what it’s like to introduce your children to the idea of divorce and stepparenting ....more

Best of Back to School

With the school year coming up fast, we’ve been trying some new products that will fold into our repertoire come later this month. Having sifted through lots of items, here are the items make the cut. Tastiest Lunchbox Snack: Harvest Snaps It’s tempting to deliver the same snacks to the kids year after year, after all, we already know what they like ....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

5 Ways To Help Your Child Adjust To Co-Parenting

This guest post was written by Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW Moving from one house to another can be stressful for a child after their parents’ divorce. At times, a child may balk at the prospect of leaving one home and spending time with their other parent. This doesn’t mean your child loves the other parent any less or wouldn’t ultimately benefit from spending more time with the other parent ....more

Co-Parenting: Let’s Do This!

For those who have tried and failed at co-parenting, maybe it is time to look at co-parenting differently. Do not think of it as something you are “trying” temporarily. Look at it as the form of parenting that benefits your child most ....more

Q & A: Mom Grapples with Co-Parenting

Our readers send questions through facebook and email regularly, and we often ask counselors to field them, especially if a professional can lend a viewpoint that we can’t. Miami-based Marriage and Family Therapist...more

Affordable Blended Family Staycation

Earlier this year as we were planning our summer, we decided to use one of our vacation weeks for a...more

Recipe: Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta

Spicy for You, Bland for the Kids Todd and I like our meals to pack a lot of punch: they should be healthy, delicious and flavorful. The spices we like aren’t always palatable to the kids, so I’ve gotten in the habit of making two versions of each dish. While I think it’s great to introduce children to intense flavors, nutrition is the main goal ....more