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Meet the (Step)Parents  Jenny Baker
 Oct 23, 2000 16:49 PDT 
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by Jenny Baker (jen-@get.topica.com)

The hope is this: You get married once, and live happily ever after. The
reality, alas, is often quite different. You don't need me to spout
statistics to know that divorce is as common as hangnails in our
society. What that means in many cases is a second marriage, which
sometimes comes complete with its own set of built-in stepchildren. Even
in the best of situations, navigating the choppy waters of
step-parenting can be stressful. I mean, how else do you explain the
popularity of a show like "Once and Again"?

If you're looking for step-parenting help, you've probably already
discovered that TV isn't the best place to find it. As such, you might
find the Step Parent section of Cyberparent.com to be a better starting
place. So what help can a potential step-parent find here? First,
discussions with others in the same situation -- a great feature for
benefiting from the knowledge of those who've "been there, done that."
You'll also find lots of articles on how to ease the transition for
yourself and the kids in question, as well as how to go about building
solid relationships with your new kin.

As they say on the site, step-parenting ain't easy. But if you can make
a go of it, the rewards make the effort worthwhile. Get off to the best
possible start by tuning out from "Once and Again," and tuning in with
some real-life folks who are in the know.

You'll find them here:

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