“To share the duties of parenting a child”.
In other words, it’s when a family splits in two and
can still mutually and beneficially work together
in raising their child in a more positive way.
Blended Family Christmas

My Favorite Blended Family Christmas Tradition

The holidays can be such a chaotic time for children of divorce. Growing up, I had 2 separate Christmases, and there was even one year I spent most of Christmas day on an airplane shuffling between Mom's and Da...
Gifts for moms and stepmoms

32 Great Gifts for Moms and Stepmoms!

What kind of a mother doesn't have a million mom mugs in her cabinets and funny t-shirts in her closet? My cabinets are full of "Baby Maker" mugs and my closet can always use another "#momlife" t-shirt. I kno...

Raised by a Single Dad: Memories and Life Lessons

(Originally posted in a co-parenting Facebook group. Reposted on Kandy Apple Mama with permission.)Kristen and I are members of many co-parenting groups on Facebook. We love hearing success stories, offering advice or tips when asked, and learning what oth...
Wrapping paper hack

My Blended Family Christmas Wrapping Paper Hack

Christmas is a big deal 'round these parts. It's Veterans Day, and I'm gearing up for tomorrow on Kohl's website taking full advantage of their best sale of the year (in my opinion). If you haven't already, you...
Accepting stepmom

Accepting My Daughter’s Stepmom: A Journey

Two years ago, if you had told me I would one day be best friends with my daughter's stepmom - I wouldn't have believed you.If you had said we would be having dinner together, going on co-parenting dates, r...
Before getting a divorce

13 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Getting a Divorce

When my ex-husband and I decided to split, it was like being thrown into another dimension. I knew nothing about dissolving a marriage - legally speaking, nothing about lawyers or how to pay for them, nothing about custody orders or the terms inside them. Noth...
Would you rather be right or happy?

Tell Me, Stepmom: Would You Rather be Right or Happy?

So often I see stepmoms calling moms horrendous names, and I see equally horrifying things from moms about stepmoms or the children’s fathers. It makes my stomach churn.Not because they don’t deserve it. No...