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What Should I Know About Step Families?



Introducing new members to a family unit is never easy to do. What are some tips to help stepparents and stepsiblings make a smooth, peaceful transition?



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by FRANSHAE
Nov 25, 2010 Overcoming the drama
Showing a stepchild how you feel about them goes a long way.... read full review
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by gaelkm
Apr 2, 2006 Raising Great Kids to be Confident Adults: The Advice w/o
Lots of this advice is common sense, but when it comes to your children, you must take the time to listen to them and talk to them.... read full review
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by Joyfulgirlfan
Mar 26, 2006 When the Rubber Hits the Road: My Life as Something Like a Stepmother
These are the days of our lives.... read full review
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by msjrangel8
Dec 31, 2003 My kids say I am the "real" mom..
Never ever talk bad about the parent in front of child. I do not care if you have to bite off your lip. Love them and be good to them.... read full review
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by GeeGee45
May 13, 2002 The Child Stepped Out,13 Months Later
There comes a time when you have to consider other people, like the ones that aren't causing the problems.... read full review
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by jo.com
May 9, 2002 I'm Not Wicked, but I am a Stepparent and Survived a Stepfamily
Treat the children fairly. Give children the time and space they need to get used to you. Just be there for them.... read full review
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by tandaw
Mar 17, 2002 Letting The Heart Heal
Live, love and learn from your extended family.... read full review
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by dearladyb
Jan 11, 2002 Know Your Boundaries
Know your boundaries and limitations before taking the step to blend your families. ... read full review
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by water-witch
Nov 1, 2001 Give your step parent a chance!
Be open minded and give your stepparent a chance!... read full review
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by beckish
Oct 19, 2001 The Importance of Maintaining the Ties
Living in a step-family is a challenging process. And when the step-family ends, it becomes even more challenging.... read full review
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by RosaMay
Sep 17, 2001 it's so hard to hear him call her mommy..
Don't try to make the other parent or step parent look bad in the eyes of the child, they may resent you for it later on..... read full review
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by patricknjacob
Sep 8, 2001 We ARE NOT the Brady's!
Don't believe for a minute the problems and situations that arise in dealing with step children is anything like dealing with a child you have reared from day one.... read full review
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by tandaw
Aug 23, 2001 My Family Keeps Growing
Extended families can be a great thing. You just have to show lots of love and understanding.... read full review
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by mindylt21
Aug 14, 2001 Ready or not here they all come...
It's a hard back and forth situation, you need to be able ti handle a'lot or don't even get involved.... read full review
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by Writerip
Jul 19, 2001 Equal Turf
The adults must remain respectful and responsible, setting a good example for all of the children involved.... read full review
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by meleahk
Jul 19, 2001 Our stepfamily situation....oh what joy it brings us all.
Take time with your children to explain about the stepparent to be. It is important.... read full review
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by wenke1
Jul 9, 2001 Treat your step children as your own
Blended families can be wonderful things, as long as you know it will take time for all to adjust.... read full review
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by dearladyb
Jun 9, 2001 I Don't Know how NOT to be a Step Mom!
Step Families are not different than biological families if the situation is handled with TLC.... read full review
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by jeanniekerns
May 31, 2001 You have to get use to it first
Be patient too. Don't be hard headed, and please try and get to know your new family. You will be surprised that you might just get along.... read full review
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by cntaur5
May 25, 2001 Stepchildren - walking on thin ice.
Parent's please watch for changes in your child and other signs that something may be wrong and try to understand their feelings.... read full review
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