Parenting can be a difficult task. It gets even more difficult in a blended family where you are a step-parent. In certain cases, where the husband and wife are of different races and religion, the adjustments can be even more complex. But, in spite of the various challenges, becoming a step-parent can be rewarding as well.
Taking it slowly and building a relationship with the stepchildren can help to lay the foundation for good step-parenting. "Blending a family is like a dish that takes a long time to cook," says Molly Barrow, PhD, author of How to Survive Step Parenting.
Raisingchildren.net.au says, ‘There is no one right way to be a step-parent with many challenges such as: your stepchild might reject you, ignore or shy around you; you might have to deal with negative reactions or criticism from your stepchild’s other parent or if you have your own child – you might act biased’.
According to an article titled 8 Boundaries Stepparents Shouldn’t Cross by Kate Bayless published in parents.com in 2013, some common slip-ups to avoid for stepparents are:
- Avoid trying to take the place of the mother or the father. No matter what the biological ex-spouse has done, respect the child’s need to love that parent.
- Step-parents should never cross the line of administering physical consequences to a child and should try to remove themselves from such situations.
- Avoid assuming a position of authority, as young children may accept orders but school-age children and teens will often rebuff a stepparent’s attempts at automatic authority.
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