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Here are the top ten articles for the Stepparenting Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. Stress and The In-laws
The holidays usually require time with the in-laws. New in-law relationships can be stressful, but considering their perspective may change yours. Read how understanding one another can be valuable in your attempt to become a family.

2. A Personal Peace
Christmas and holiday planning can be so stressful it seems impossible to achieve any sense of peace. But you can...and you should. Read a few tips on creating a peaceful heart.

3. An Attitude of Gratitude
Gratitude and a thankful heart should not be reserved for the Thanksgiving holiday. Read more about the benefits of finding something to be grateful for...every day.

4. Disciplining or Punishing Your Stepchild?
The differences between disciplining and punishing can be stark or subtle and they are often confused. This article discusses the benefits of both concepts and will improve the chances of your family's successful blending.

5. New Year's Resolution?
New year's resolutions can be a set up for failure...especially if you are making them for the wrong reasons. Sometimes the best resolution is to just let go and experience what is meant for you. Read more in this article.

6. Healthy Shopping Attitudes
Responsible spending is more important during the holidays than any other time. Do not be drawn to impulse or trends because of advertising. Read how to set limits and still give a thoughful gift.

7. Stepfathers and The Family
Stepfathers have a unique opportunity to create a family where there once was only individuals. Read more about one such father who inspired a hit country song.

8. Validation as a Tool for Stepparents
Validating a child's feelings may be more productive than arguing or trying to solve their problems for them. Here are some useful tips explaining how and why to confirm the value of feelings.

9. The Step Tween Survival Guide Book Review
A review of a great resource for adolescents in step or blended family situations.

10. Stepparenting and The Importance of Truth
Is telling the truth a trait no longer valued? Find out how honesty is learned in the home.



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