"You're Not My Parent!"
Essential Tips on Surviving Step-Parenting and Blended Families
Michele Sfakianos, RN, BSN
Nothing cuts to the core of a step-parent's heart than hearing "you're not my parent!" Parenting is hard, but when you become a step-parent it's a whole new level of parenting. You may agree to help raise someone else's child, or your new spouse may agree to raise your child, but in the end trying to make that well-blended family work can be one of the hardest things you could ever do.
Hard yes - impossible no. With hard work, understanding, communication and love, you can build a well-blended family.
Are you willing to be a guide, a moral compass, for a child that you hardly know? Let's face it, some people can and some people can't. Many think it's just too hard to put forth the effort. Most step-parents realize that it's really not that hard to love their spouse's child. Are you up for the challenge?