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We live in a society where parents are raising their children without the prospect of marrying. Many of the parents are not living together and are dating or marrying someone other that the child's biological parent. This is where the prospect of becoming a stepparent is evident.

Stepparenting has become a very relevant part of our society. Stepparenting is a position that is taken with respect and dignity. It is not a position that a stepmother or stepfather should take on without knowing that there will be some adjustments made with both biological mother or father.

If you are in a relationship with a man or woman and one of you have had children with someone else, you should consider the fact that this relationship could evolve into the prospect of marriage. Below is a condensed list of questions you should ask yourself during your dating period:

  • Am I ready to become a stepparent with the responsibilities of raising a child that is not mine?
  • Will the child accept me for who I am?
  • How has this child or these children reacted towards me at this stage of the relationship?
  • Can I truly be the stepparent that I should be?
  • Will disciplining the child be a problem with either one of their biological parents?
  • Is the stepchild at an age to accept or reject me?
  • What can I do to make their transition to me as a stepparent more acceptable?
  • Will I be willing to accept the fact, that I am not their mother or father?

Asking and answering these questions with an honest answer will provide you with the ground work for your decision on becoming a stepparent.

Stepparenting is and always will be defined as a responsibility that has to evolve over time. Stepparenting is something that is learned through trial and error. There are no right or wrong ways to define stepparenting.

When two people love and care for each other, the idea of stepparenting can survive any obstacle that might exist.

Respect plays a significant role in stepparenting. It is one of the qualities that defines the beginning of a new chapter in your life as a stepparent.

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