How Extended Family Can Help Build Bonds With Your Stepchildren

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

3 Cool Things My New Husband Did for My Sons

Ron traveled 4,000 miles to find me. But he’s gone to even longer distances for my boys.

The Unexpected Struggle of Being an Ex-Step-Dad

Shadley Grei always knew he’d be a father, but wasn’t prepared for the particular heartbreak that comes with being an ex-stepfather

Supporting My Real Family

Stepfather Kieron Casey wonders what it means to be a “real” father.

Mixed and Step Families: 12/1

Detonate the myth of the ‘normal’ family unit.

Familial Diplomacy

Ron Mattocks navigates the minefield of co-parenting, and having stepchildren.

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.

Spittin’ Image

Disregard the fact that I don’t have a crew cut, and that my real hair is not six inches off my ears. Focus instead at the very, very top of my hair.