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Dating a Widower with Children: Will They Ever be “Ready”?

This blog is in response to comments received on previous entries- Dating in Midlife: When Your Adult Children Refuse to Meet Your New Love and Dating in Midlife: Do you need your Children’s Approval? Note: Both of the questions were posed by women dating widowers. However, this information is as relevant for men dating widows. […]

Step-families – Love ME the Most!!!

In February, we are bombarded with messages of love. There is romantic love, parental love, filial love, altruistic love and so on. In the many different ways we love; we create many different relationships. One of those relationships is a step-family. A step-family is created when one or both of the spouses have been previously […]

In Praise of Stepmothers

As Mother’s Day approaches, I would like to pay tribute to one woefully maligned woman–“The Stepmother”. Now before you begin rolling your eyes at your computer screen, consider the amount of stereotyping, preconceived judgments and jokes that relentlessly demean the woman who bravely faces the challenge of caring for another woman’s children. Let’s first look […]

Children in Blended Families: What We Want Our Step-Parents to Know

When dealing with children in step-families, it is important to remember that blended families are always created after a loss. The child has experienced either a divorce or death of a parent. Even in cases when a parent was not previously married, the assumption is the child will welcome the new spouse with the same […]