I wanted to also add, that I have never believed in a step parent not being an equal parent. I know lots of people will disagree with me but anyway. I was honest with my husband and he was honest with me about what we thought about dating, discipline, mealtime, boyfriends, clothes, church, etc pertaining to our daughter. Honesty is the only thing that is going to work. I realize you have to take time to let everyone adjust. But, plan ahead or you're gonna get caught in crossfire. I treat her just like she's mine in every aspect. I always have and she comes to me when "the sky is falling" and she needs somebody who will be there. Step parenting isn't the easiest thing....but neither is parenting your biological children. It can work though.
at 5:42 PM on Jan. 27, 2009