For both new and existing subscribers, I thought you’d want to know more about this blog as it evolves.  

I am a writer, parent, and stepparent who constantly ponders family issues and dynamics.  Raising kids is one of life’s greatest joys and challenges.  If you are among those who wish you could consult the parenting manual for more instructions, this blog at least presents thoughtful discussions of many issues in common that we parents face. 

Although I tend to focus on raising daughters, many of my posts will make sense to you if you’re raising sons.  In my list of other blogs to visit, in the middle column of the home page under the word Blogroll, you can click on a few websites specifically targeted at raising boys. 

If you are a stepparent, you can sample my regular Wednesday posts on stepparenting issues.  I’m writing a guidebook for stepparents living with children who’ve lost a parent or parents, and most of the topics reach out to this group.  Readers have also found many of the posts to be relevant even if they have married after divorce or have adopted a child.  

You can search past posts several ways: 

  • By recent title: In the upper right corner of the home page, you’ll find a list of recent posts by title, e.g. Sick Kids!
  • By topic area: Underneath the titles is a long list of topic areas to search. I try to rotate my posts to hit each topic area more than once. I cover subjects we think about as parents of preschoolers all the way through college students.
  • By date: Sometimes in one post I will refer to another post and give you the date (see an example of this below!) Find the calendar in the middle column of the page, and then click on the date for that post. 

For reasons I can’t seem to unravel, many readers have technical trouble filing a comment at the end of a post.  I did run a How to Post a Comment piece on November 18, 2008, if that helps.  But please know that you can always e-mail your comment to me at

Happy reading!

For more information about Diane (Mama J) and her book, Stepparenting the Grieving Child, visit her website at

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