I try so hard to raise my step daughter as I do my biological children. We have her a majority of the time and I am home with all of them all day long during the week. She is four and I've been a big part of her life for almost half of it now. I show her as much love, concern, reward, and punishment as the others. As far as I'm aware I don't treat them differently at all. Is that wrong? I read books on step parenting all the time and all anyone has to say is that I ought to accept my role like a benevolent aunt... because after all I'm not the "Real" parent. I think this is CRAP! What am I, artificial??? I know what it's like to have bio children! My mom was adopted, how is that any different? I'm not trying to replace or compete with bio mom... I am there when she is sick though, I am there when she needs love, when she needs clothes, when she needs food, when she needs education.
What are your thoughts on the role of a step mother?
Answer by Kimberlee115 at 3:12 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
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Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 2:14 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
Anon- I'm sorry you had such a poor experience with your step child. My step daughter is a lovely girl whom I try to treat the same as my bio kids. I think you're doing exactly the right thing OP. And kudos to you for loving her and treating her just the same, even though she's not yours by birth.
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