It will be different for everyone. Depends on the ages you come together, involvement of birth mom and your relationship with all of them. MY skids are teens and above and the last one leaves for college in the fall. We have a good relationship I think., I'm dad's wife and a friendly ear, like an aunt.
They neither make us or break us. I "cope" by being the same person for SS that I am for DS. It's definitely not all roses because of BM, but SS has nothing to do with that.
It isn't all roses, no child is, but I love my stepson just as much as my biological child. He's mine.
the step daughter is 11 going on 25!! and her mother encourages her behavior. her mother is nothing but trash and she is raising her daughter to be like her -- when we have her we instill rules and guidelines, but as soon as she is with her mother, all that goes out the window. my step daughter is a sweet child, but she is being influenced by her mother -- this girl knows more about life than a young girl has a right to know. her mother treats her as an adult because her mother doesn't have any friends -- she burns those bridges real fast. so, remember when you become a step parent, you are dealing with the other parent. think long and hard on it.
I love my step son he lives with us full time and even though he can be a bit of a pest at times he's still a sweet kid.
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