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Stepchildren are a part of the family

A stepchild is a part of your family. Stepchildren play a significant part in how a family communicates and accepts responsibilities with both their biological parent and stepparent.

Creating a healthy and loving relationship with your stepchild takes time and determination.

Stepchildren are vulnerable

When stepchildren are introduced to a new family, they often feel very vulnerable. This vulnerability is due largely to the dissolution of their parents marriage, or the death of a parent. The process of a stepchild entering into the lives and family of a stepparent can be traumatic.

As a stepparent there are several simple things you can do to help your stepchild feel more comfortable. When your stepchild is more comfortable, you'll be able to create a caring, happy, and loving relationship with your stepchild.

Tips to help your stepchild feel comfortable in their new home:

  • Give your stepchild time to accept that both parents are still a part of their lives.
  • Communicate in a way to let the stepchild know that they are an important part of your life.
  • Establish a foundation of support and trust.
  • Teach your stepchild that it is important for them to respect their parents' decision on who they want to live with and spend their time with.
  • Spend quality time alone with your stepchild.
  • Create an atmosphere of love and contentment with their parent.
  • Show your stepchild that accepting you as a stepparent will ultimately enhance their life because you are making their parent's life much happier.

A child is very important to their parent, and as a stepparent, it is very important for you to create the interaction of all that is involved along with the support of the parent. Both of you are in this relationship together.

Stepparenting does not have to be challenging. Stepparenting is an extension of love that is given to someone that is important to someone they love.

As a stepparent, you are the foundation that will keep the child and parent together.

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