A friend of mine is going through a similar situation. I thought it was really cool, when one day she sat down with her new step daughter and brought out all of HER old school pictures (embarrassing and otherwise), family albums, and mementos she picked up along the way. She then told went on to tell stories that related to each picture...the good, the bad, and the ugly, and just really showed her that she was once a teenage girl, and while the times may be different, the feelings are often the same. This opened up all kinds of dialogue...feelings, secrets, fears, goals, etc. She and her step daughter have been very close ever since. I think it was great showing her SD just how human and humble she was, as she didn't come off as a "know it all" or a replacement for her biological mother.
at 10:05 AM on Jul. 6, 2008