Stepparenting

What Do Your Stepchildren Call You?
Gijo. Katoots. Muffin. We recently asked several step families about the names and titles their families use, and their answers were fascinating. The word “step” was forbidden in my home. I was six when my uncle married and became a…
What Is Your Custody Schedule?
When Warren and I were first married, our custody schedule was very irregular – three days here, four days there. Neither Warren nor the boys’ mother wanted to be away from the kids for more than a few days at…
The Stepmommy Wars
It’s not a parenting philosophy that ignites the war against us. It’s our mere existence. I consider my stepsons to be my children. They were 8 and 12 when I started dating their Daddy. For 10 years, we shared custody…
Thoroughly Modern Mama
Mother of three Halley Dean talks real-life Parent Trap, evil stepmothers, and co-parenting with her ex-husband’s ex-wife. Halley’s family includes her husband Joe and three children, Lucas (14), Asher (7), and Halo (3).  Her family also includes her ex-husband Justin,…