The role of parent is one of the most demanding jobs there is and today, with all the various family structures, you have to really keep an open mind. It’s true that some marriages last for life, but this is happening less and less as time goes on. So the odds are good that somewhere along the line you may end up bringing up stepchildren. Or, you may have children that will end up being raised by a stepparent. The focus of this article will be ways to help you adjust to your new role as step parent.
You must understand that kids that have lost a parent will feel emotionally negative and will be carrying with them a great emptiness. However, some step parents find themselves in a situation where the kids have been without the second parent for years, perhaps as long as they can remember. Your presence in their lives may be very difficult for the children as they have always had one parent, not two. The best way to handle this is to stay out of the initial debates between the children and their biological parent regarding your presence. Allow your spouse and the stepchildren to have time together, letting them slowly merge into you being in their life.
Those that find themselves trying to fit into a household with teenagers, and not grade school children, may have their work cut out for them. With teens, you can’t expect to be seen as a parent, so don’t even try to take on this role. The teenagers may not accept you, but this does not mean you have no power or control now that you are in their life. After all, parents aren’t the only authority figures in the lives of children -they also have teachers and others in the community as well. You must strike a balance as not only as an authority figure within their lives, but a friend that they can turn to in a time of need. Teens, as a general rule, do not accept things very easily, especially a new parent that is seen as replacing the biological one that is now gone.
It’s important that you communicate with your partner about your ideas and policies when it comes to raising children. You want to do this because life is not predictable and differences of opinion will arise from time to time.
In general, as the step parent, you should defer to the children’s biological parent. It is important for the step parent, however, to be able to interact and interject thoughts and opinions at crucial times. When both of you talk to the children, always discuss in private what you’re going to say before you talk to them so that you are of the same opinion.
In conclusion, bringing children into a new marriage is never easy and will offer challenges above and beyond those of starting a new marriage without children. In today’s world, 50% of those who marry eventually get a divorce. Also, many people wait to marry until they are older and, as a consequence, may marry someone who already has children. Whatever the circumstances, many more marriages today begin with one or the other of the new spouses – sometimes both – having children from a previous relationship. Give a lot of thought to the best role you should assume with your new step-kids and remember, it’s very important to “go with the flow” and exercise patience in order to succeed.
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