How Extended Family Can Help Build Bonds With Your Stepchildren

Blending stepchildren into your family can be challenging. Your extended family can help.

Stepparenting: the Importance of Mentoring Before Disciplining

The difference between a mentoring and a disciplining relationship with your children is rooted in a focus of fear. Ray Rivers explains why one is a more successful dynamic for both stepdads and dads.

Parents Tell Stepparents What They Really Think

Parents and stepparents from a blended family come together and express their true feelings about each other and the roles they play in their children’s lives.

Being a Stepdad: 3 Things That Will Absolutely Wreck Your Relationships

Three specific things will help you get the very best results in your new role as a step dad.

4 Tips for Blending Your Families

Tommy Maloney offers guidance on the challenge of blending families after divorce.

(Step)Fatherhood and the Blended Family

There isn’t a mountain he wouldn’t move, not a horrifying trombone solo he wouldn’t sit through, for these kids, that aren’t his own. And the thing that is hard about that is… he isn’t their dad.

A Step-Dad To-Be Sends a Heartfelt Promise to His Almost Wife and Her Son

Aaron Everingham is about to become a dad — to someone else’s child. It is a role that is much maligned and difficult to navigate successfully. Here is his heart, and why he is the right man for the job.

A Note To The Good Man I Married

Shanna Anderson has a few things her husband needs to know and they can help any blended family.

6 Secrets of a Happy Second Marriage

Second marriages offer special challenges, but really, these tips apply to any long-term committed relationship.

Two Lessons in Grief – When You Lose a Member of Your Family

They had eight years to ease the grief their new family member felt over the loss of HER family, and when she left them she taught more than they expected about getting over grief.

The Reading Parent

The kids would pound on their tables and chanting “fresh meat, fresh meat” until their voices reached a frenzied crescendo of unintelligible whooping and howling.

Digging A Hole

Living nearly 1,300 miles apart for past several years has often been miserable.


When my sisters and I were kids, there was no more heated battle than who got to ride in the front seat on the way to school. Being the oldest, I felt this provided me an unspoken entitlement to the position. Nope. Our dad left it to whoever called it first.