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10 Tips To Be The Best Stepparent Possible [EXPERT]
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10 Tips To Be The Best Stepparent Possible

"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:

How To Be A Successful Stepparent [EXPERT]
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How To Be A Successful Stepparent

Stepparenting can be one of the toughest jobs you'll ever take on. The good news is that by using these eight following tips, it can also be one of the most rewarding assignments you will ever accept.

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Love Mom

Being A Stepmom on Mother's Day Is Awkward

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.

Love Mom

How I Learned To Discipline My Stepson

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?

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Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal: Epic Love Story

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."

Love Buzz

Not Everyone Deserves To Procreate

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.

My Boyfriend and My Daughter Won't Stop Fighting

My Boyfriend and My Daughter Won't Stop Fighting

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.