If you are a stepparent or entering a relationship where blending with the kids is important, there are important things to remember, especially during the holiday season. These suggestions may help you build a bridge of peace with the kids.
"Fill in the blank: when it comes to disciplining their stepchildren, stepparents should _________." We asked the experts this question, and 62% agree: stepparents should discipline their steppkids as they would their own children. What else does it take to be a great stepparent? Here's what they had to say:
As you experience joy and hope for the future again, you may get extremely caught up in the planning of your second wedding, otherwise known as encore wedding. I offer my top five tips remarrying brides should consider before they marry again.
Recently I tweeted about one of People.com's columns, "Caught in the Act!" that showed a picture of LeAnn Rimes, her husband Eddie Cibrian, and his two children. The first line of the four in total was, "What a good stepmom!" I tweeted about this article, and LeAnn wasn't very pleased with me at first.
As a stepmom, I find Mother’s Day to be a mixed bag, especially since I haven’t been one all that long. I never know how to handle the holiday when it comes around. I get Mother's Day greetings from friends and family, but I always feel a little conflicted and don’t know how to receive these compliments graciously. I can’t get over the idea that I’m not a "real" mom, even if I play the part of one day to day.
I am a stepmom. It's only been a short time and I'm still getting used to it. It's not easy. I didn't have children of my own when my husband and I got married, so my first experience parenting has been with his 7-year-old son. Discipline is hard for a parent to enforce, but how do you go about it when the child isn't your own?
Ryan O'Neal told People magazine late last week that friends and family were gathering to say their goodbyes to his partner of almost 30 years, Farrah Fawcett, as her three-year battle with cancer appears to be near its end. The love story of the Charlie's Angel pinup and Oscar nominee O'Neal has been an epic one, spanning decades, producing a son, and earning comparison to other long-term unmarried celeb couples, like Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, and Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. "It's a love story," O'Neal said. "I just don't know how to play this one. I won't know this world without her."
Let's first make something clear. We don't think everyone should procreate. In some cases, we really wish they wouldn't. In fact, if we had our druthers, we might actually sit down with a few of them and ask: "Are you really sure you want to do this, Mrs. Hitler?" That being said, we also aren't in favor of arbitrarily picking and choosing who should be allowed to receive fertility treatments. For example, if you're a 27-year-old woman who's been trying for over three years to get knocked up, we wouldn't deny you fertility treatments just because your husband fathered two kids in a previous relationship. A nationally funded clinic in the UK, however, seems to see things differently.
Though it's common to have a nontraditional family setting these days, there are still questions of boundary. One reader wonders which role she needs to embrace more strongly when there's a rift between her daughter and her current boyfriend.