Deciding to blend your families is an exciting time for both you and your partner, but most children will not feel the same happiness and excitement that you feel. The children will often be worried about the upcoming changes, living with new siblings, and how their relationship will be affected with their natural parents read more
I have never been a step-parent myself, but have had 3 different step-parents over time! I think the main challenge, if the child still has strong relationships to their pre-divorce parents, is to find a way to have a new parent-like relationship without threatening or trying to replace the existing bonds. I think this is particularly hard for step-parents who do not already have children of their own.
I have tremendous respect for how difficult it is to become a step-parent. I think it's somewhat odd and unfortunate that there is no real positive model for being a step-parent - even now, step-parents are often made out to be evil in popular culture. It's a challenge for a step-parent to develop an approach to step-parenting that finds the right line between being a good parent and not over-stepping.
by chaunatye18 months ago
Why don't kids respect parents anymore?
by Helen Murphy Howell6 years ago
The internet seems to be getting flooded with new technology such as Android Tracking App and so on. This software basically allows parents to track and view all their kids messages on their mobiles etc - without the...
by Grace Marguerite Williams6 years ago
It truly amazes me when overprotective parents lament how immature and irresponsible their adolescent and/or near adult children are. Didn't they realize that they were partly responsible by their intrusive...
by Chris6 years ago
How do blended families make step-parenting work?I am married for a second time and blessed that my husband believes my three kids are his own. His interactions, reactions and parenting are all those of a...
by Jacqui3 years ago
What are your thoughts on same-sex couples parenting?Be it their own child conceived in a straight relationship, a child conceived with the help of a donor or surrogate, fostered children, or adopted children? ...
by Le_patty5 months ago
Should Parents be their children friends, or just a parent?When does friendship with your children takes away your parenthood?
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