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If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Mommy's
by Barbara Quick

Parenting is much more complicated than it used to be. It's no longer a matter of tying the knot, starting to breed and hoping for the best.

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With over half of all marriages ending in divorce, millions of parents wake to find themselves part of a family whose boundaries extend here, there and beyond. There are suddenly more people to nurture and placate than just you and your mate and the owners of the little feet going pitter-patter around the house.

Those feet may pitter and patter in another household part-time. You and your spouse may each have an ex-spouse with strong opinions about how some or all of these kids should be parented. You want to attend to everyone's needs without getting your own toes stepped on.

Read what myprimetime reporters have found out from people who have been there about making blended families work.

Escaping the Stepparent Trap
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Who's House Am I At Today?
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A Wedding That Unites 2 Generations
Columnist Jane Brooks comments on a joyful, contemporary marriage steeped in family tradition.

All's Fair in Love and Stepfamilies
Building a relationship with stepchildren takes work. Kathleen Fox, stepmom of five, tells you how to thrive in a modern-day blended family.

Types of Adoption
A brief overview of agency adoptions, independent adoptions, international adoptions and more.

Same Sex Parenting
Learn to protect yourself if you and your partner are raising a child without the benefits of legal adoption.


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