Bringing a New Baby into a Stepfamily

You’ve married your perfect partner and finally become pregnant with your child together. It is your first child and your partner’s third. He is excited, but you don’t feel that he is as excited about the pregnancy as you are. Your partner’s other children are definitely not as excited about

Parenting Together as a New Stepcouple

Every person has his or her own idea of what it means to parent. As long as both parents are pretty much on the same page, parenting your children can be a somewhat painless undertaking. But in a new marriage that includes stepchildren, the partners may not always be on the same page.

The 5 Fantasies of Stepfamily Life

You’ve pictured it since you met your new partner: the marriage, the children, a cozy home together. You never thought of all the things that could disrupt this idyllic picture: the chance that your stepchildren won’t like you, the ex that will not seem to disappear, and the challenges of parenting a stepchild. Entering into

Why Can’t My New Partner Love My Child?

“I don’t understand how she cannot love Isabel (8). I know she’s acting out a lot of anger about the divorce, but she’s so loving and adorable!”It is said that nobody can truly love a child like a child’s own parents. We were the ones who saw how precious they were as infants, and who

I Sit Here This Morning

Two weeks into my new Stepfamily, my second Stepfamily to be exact. I planned to get up this morning, turn on my computer and, with a cup of coffee, have a luxurious morning to collect my thoughts before my workday begins. But, at 8 a.m., my pretty new stepdaughter flies into the house and announces,