blended families 

Boy, 11, Disconnects From Family After Half Sister's Birth

Dear AdviceMama, I was hospitalized for a month after having a new baby girl, and during that time my 11-year-old son, who was looked after by his stepdad (my husband), started getting into trouble at school. Now his grades are also slipping. I'm...It's easy to see that your son may be struggling to figure out where he fits in to this new family.

All in the Step Family: 4 in 10 Americans Have Step Relatives

Stepkids, stepdads, stepmoms ... All are welcome in the blended family mix, a new survey shows. Credit: Getty In a real-life take on the show "Modern Family," four in 10 Americans are including all sorts of step relatives -- sibs,...People say family ties are the most important priority in their lives.

Mom and Dad are getting married, but not to each other

When two people have a child, their lives are forever intertwined -- no matter how their relationship crumbles, or how they choose to parent in the aftermath. Oh, how that which drives us to fume and rage at one another is also that which binds...

Looking on the bright side

This morning I woke up, exhausted, like most days, and pried myself from bed so I could suck down coffee and stare, in silence, at unreturned emails -- putting off work. Once or twice a week the house is filled with chaos, as Edan shouts for...

Putting on my game face

Anyone who's met me in person -- or even seen my photo -- immediately erupts into a guffaw of incredulity when I tell them I used to be an athlete. In fact, I can barely mention watching football on weekends without evoking wry grins from...

Father of 78 wants 100 kids by 2015

As much as I like to joke about how looking after a large family would drive me insane, I secretly fantasize about having more kids. I think it'd be a blast to spend my days chasing after multiple rug rats. But I'm not sure I could handle 78. That's...

Blended families and the age-old question

There is a great article on New York Magazine's website (and in print) about blended families. More precisely, the article introduces us to several of these families and how they deal with that annoying--no, offensive--question of whether the...

We got a fish, and it died. (Part I)

Actually, we got three fish, and only one of the them died. But seeing as he lived in my house for approximately 72 hours before he was floating, lifeless, upside down at the top of the tank -- I'd say the other two's prospects don't look so...

Denise Richards not upset over Sheen's engagement

Denise Richards sounds like a pretty cool ex. Not only is she not upset over Charlie Sheen's engagement to Brooke Mueller, but she even sent the couple a floral arrangement. Richards says she has met the upcoming Mrs. Sheen and really likes her. ...

Detachable playhouse for children of divorce

My daughter has never lived in a house with both of her birth parents. Her mother and I have been separated since before she was born, so she's always lived in two houses -- one with her mom and her stepdad, and one with my fiance and I. But...

When two worlds collide

When I first learned I was going to be a father, I was in art school -- the place where narcissistic college students and self-centered artists collide to form shockingly self-important young people with a flair for the dramatic. "What? Me? A...

Babies, and chaos

When Edan hasn't napped, the universe implodes around her. She is Gozer the Destructor (see footnote) in the form of a toddler, leaving unrest, disquietude and chaos in her wake. The world is no match for her in this condition, and, quite frankly,...

The impossibility of finding a birthday gift

Our daily routine goes more or less like this: I pick Edan up from daycare, then we run around the park, go swimming, explore the Botanical Gardens, or whatever, and then I drop her off at her mom's office. Because Austin's roads get obnoxiously...

The inevitable office politics of parenting

It's not uncommon for me get all mushy about how well Edan's mom, stepdad, stepmom and I get along -- stridently casting aside our differences as we find common ground through the noble quest of parenthood, blah blah, etc. And don't get me wrong,...

I hope this doesn't mean I'm old

I have back pain. It sucks. I'll get to this in a moment. I came to Austin from Cleveland, via England. My daughter, Edan, was born in the Southern part of Texas, 3 hours away from any major anything. For the first month of her life, I lived in the...

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