- Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about stepfamily life.
- Stepfamily myths that can cause problems as you adjust in the new family.
- The Wicked Stepmother Myth
- Foundations for a successful step family
- The challenges in step or blended families, includes a book list
- General guidelines for step parenting or blended families
- Remarriage: helping children cope
- How age affects a child’s reaction to step families
- Parenting in step families
- “But I love my real mom”
- Let children choose step parent names
- Holiday stress and divorced families
- Remarriage and step parenting resource list—recommended books for young children through teens, and books for parents.
- The National Stepfamily Resource Center, a division of Auburn University’s Center for Children, Youth, and Families (CCYF), serves as a clearinghouse of information, linking family science research on stepfamilies and best practices in work with couples and children in stepfamilies.
- The Stepfamily Foundation provides telephone and in-person counseling, and information to create a successful step relationship. Their counselors specialize in stepfamily counseling. They also offer information in Spanish on their website. Call 212-877-3244.
- The Stepfamily Network works to educate all members of stepfamilies and professionals who work with them. Their site has lists by state of resources and support groups for stepfamilies. Call 1-800-487-1073.
- Co Mamas has tips on how step moms and ex-wives can get along better for the sake of the children.
Compiled by Kyla Boyse, R.N. Reviewed by faculty and staff at the University of Michigan
Updated March 2007