Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul
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As much as you may want to, it is not your job to fix your stepchildren. Sometimes just being there is enough to make a huge difference in their lives. More than anything, it takes time for them to realise that you’re not the enemy.
There is no one “right way” to blend a family. But there is always one way to behave – with respect. Remember the golden rule: you can only control what you say and do, not how others behave.
Avoid messy areas that can cause unnecessary discomfort. I’ve never tried to get my stepchildren to call me Mum. Instead, they call me by my maiden-name initials, KT.
In an ideal world, disciplining a stepchild should be left to the biological parents. But we don’t live in an ideal world. It is a conversation that you and your partner need to have to set clear guidelines.
Step Parenting With Purpose: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Too Afraid To Ask by Karalee Katsambanis, $29.95, karaleekatsambanis.com