How to keep your relationships strong

Being a Good Step Mom Takes Time star
There is a learning curve involved in becoming a parent -- and that learning curve is even more drastic when you're learning to be a step parent.

Bonding with Step Children star
There is no better time than the holidays to bond with your stepchildren.

Dad versus Step Dad star
When mom decides to remarry, it's not just the kids who are affected. Dads can feel threatened, anxious, and worried about how the new guy -- step dad -- will affect his relationship with his kids.

Fathers Influencing Sons star
Men and women handle conflict differently. Read how fathers can end the cycle of control and dominance by honestly seeking relatlionship with their male children.

Feelings of Resentment as a Stepparent star
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you have feelings of resentment toward your spouse or stepkids. It's normal, and it's ok.

Finding Joy in Step Parenting star
There are painful moments in every step parent relationship, but there is joy and happiness too.

Grieving - Relationships That Could Have Been star
Another cross-country move, this time with an older and wiser stepdaughter, who grieves the loss of her mother to circumstances as I grieve the loss of mine to cancer.

Happy Mother's Day star
The exciting journey on the road to discovering motherhood in all its beautiful forms -- whether you gave birth to the child or not.

Heart star
Having heart

How to Keep Your Marriage Strong star
Building a new family can cause an extraordinary amount of stress, especially on a new marriage. Learn how to keep your marriage strong.

Mother's Day...another perspective star
A reflection on the importance of stepmother-natural mother relationships

No Halfways star
Siblings are siblings whether they share one parent or two -- avoid the "half-sibling" trap.

Stepfathers and The Family star
Stepfathers have a unique opportunity to create a family where there once was only individuals. Read more about one such father who inspired a hit country song.

Stepparenting and The Importance of Truth star
Is telling the truth a trait no longer valued? Find out how honesty is learned in the home.

Stepparenting Newsletter (sample) star
Stepparenting on BellaOnline is help for stepmothers, stepchildren, and spouses with chilren from a previous marriage. Discipline, relationship, and emotional coping strategies are the focus.

Stepparents, Be Good Listeners star
Good listening is an art-form and essential to all successful relationships. Stepparents are wise to listen carefully to their children and stepchildren.

Stress and The In-laws star
The holidays usually require time with the in-laws. New in-law relationships can be stressful, but considering their perspective may change yours. Read how understanding one another can be valuable in your attempt to become a family.

Validation as a Tool for Stepparents star
Validating a child's feelings may be more productive than arguing or trying to solve their problems for them. Here are some useful tips explaining how and why to confirm the value of feelings.

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