popular topics in nontraditional families

  • Family Life
    Older Parents
    Decisions in the Older Years: Thinking About Relocating
    Decisions in the Older Years: Thinking About Relocating You are about to meet Betty, a 67-year-old widow living alone in a mid-western city where she has become an integral part of her community over the past 44 years. Her one surviving daughter...
  • Family Life
    Older Parents
    Acknowledging the Positives of Aging
    Acknowledging the Positives of Aging Building Blocks The young-old are individuals over 65 who maintain active, vital lives and an up-to-date interest in larger world around them.Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of A Woman's Book of Life, espouses ...
  • Family Life
    Stepfamilies
    Bringing a New Baby into a Stepfamily
    Bringing a New Baby into a Stepfamily Hoorah! You've decided, or you're pregnant, or the adoption papers have been filed. What now? Who tells the ex(es)? How are you going to tell the kids? And how are your kids and stepkids going to react? Who ...
  • Parenting Tools Printables
    The Parent Questionnaire
    This worksheet can help you learn more about your partner's children and take the stress out of stepparenting. ...
  • Family Life
    Stepparenting
    Stepparenting: Slow and Steady Wins the Race
    Stepparenting: Slow and Steady Wins the Race Mom Alert! Children are quite proficient relationship saboteurs when they want to be. All the more reason to take it slow as you build a relationship with your stepchildren. If you are in a situation ...
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    Dealing With Divorce
    Single Mothering: Life After Divorce
    Single Mothering: Life After Divorce Get used to this one simple fact: You are not going to feel much like doing anything for a while. It may be difficult for you to find the energy or emotional resources to do even the simplest of tasks. You ma...
  • Family Life
    Adopting Stepchildren
    Stepparent Adoption
    Stepparent Adoption Step-Speak One's biochild is one's birth child. Adoption is a legal procedure in which an adult becomes the legal parent of someone who is not his or her biochild. Relative adoption is adoption by somebody related to the chil...
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  • Family Life
    Stepfamilies
    Holiday Logistics for Stepfamilies
    Holiday Logistics for Stepfamilies So who's gonna spend the holiday where? Sometimes holiday plans are predetermined by custody agreements, but sometimes there's flexibility built in. If you've got some options, discuss them with the kids and tr...
  • Family Life
    Stepfamilies
    Keep the Peace: Planning the Stepfamily's Holidays
    Keep the Peace: Planning the Stepfamily's Holidays Deck the halls, spin the dreidel, roast the turkey, light the candles; it's holiday time! You've been through the wedding and you thought the worst was over! Now it's Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza...
  • Family Life
    Stepfamilies
    Celebrating Your Victories
    Celebrating Your Victories It's vital to mark milestones, victories, and accomplishments, both large and small. My friend Ailsa is a professional at this, but I'm not. I tend to take any achievements in stride, barely noticing them, as though ju...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Preparing for Adoption
    Adoption: Single with Children
    Adoption: Single with Children Every state in the United States allows single people to adopt. As a result, marital status isn't a legal barrier to adopting a child anywhere. At least, not officially. Many adoption agencies and attorneys, howeve...
  • Family Life
    Stepfamilies
    The Extended Family
    The Extended Family Step-Speak To extend means both to enlarge and to reach out. An extended family is both larger and more encompassing of other people. The shape of the American family is changing for the better, becoming more inclusive, more ...
  • Family Life
    Stepfamily Struggles
    Top Stepfather Complaints
    Top Stepfather Complaints What do most stepfathers complain about? What kind of complaints do they hear from their partners? Here are two lists, so you know you're not alone. Read 'em and weep. How many match your own complaints? (How many give ...
  • Family Life
    Stepfamily Struggles
    Top Stepmother Complaints
    Top Stepmother Complaints It helps to know that you're not alone, and it helps to know what biofathers are beefing about, too. Here, then (drum roll, Johnny), are some of the top complaints of stepmothers and their partners, in no particular num...
  • Family Life
    Stepfamilies
    Twelve Mistakes to Avoid in Stepparenting
    Twelve Mistakes to Avoid in Stepparenting Most people go into a blended family situation desperately wanting to make it work. They've previously suffered from a relationship loss, either by divorce or death, and don't go easily into a new allianc...
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  • Family Life
    Stepfamilies
    Bringing a New Baby into a Stepfamily
    Bringing a New Baby into a Stepfamily Hoorah! You've decided, or you're pregnant, or the adoption papers have been filed. What now? Who tells the ex(es)? How are you going to tell the kids? And how are your kids and stepkids going to react? Who ...