Category Archives: Stepparenting

Introducing the Kids is No Easy Task for Second Timers

Not without good reason are second marriages called “the triumph of hope over experience.” While some 50 percent of first marriages crash about eight years after takeoff, the marriages happen during the child bearing years, which means that the second … Continue reading

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Discipline in the Blended Family Leaves Nothing to Chance

Writing about her “own personal experiences with a blended family,” Ronnie Tyler said that she and her new husband struggled to achieve a balance when it came to disciplining her two children from a previous relationship. “And at first, it … Continue reading

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Childless Stepmoms Feel like Outsiders

According to Mary T. Kelly, a psychotherapist specializing in stepfamily/stepcouple issues, childless stepmoms climb a particularly steep road when they partner with a man who has children. Be easy on yourself and your stepchildren and make conscious efforts to drop … Continue reading

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Three Steps for Children and Step Dads to Thrive

Some 15 percent of all men are stepdads at one time or another, according to the Pew Research Center, but not much research has been done to establish the dynamics of successful stepparenting. The challenges of making a blended family … Continue reading

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