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strategies for raising step children
The role of parent is one of the most demanding jobs there is and today, with all the various family
structures, you have to really keep an open mind. It's unusual in today's environment for most
people to stay married to the same partner all of their lives. Because of this state of affairs, there's
a good chance that you will end up in a marriage that includes stepchildren. Our main goal in this
report is to give you some pointers to make your life as a stepparent proceed smoothly.
Raising step kids is most difficult if you have never before in your life been a parent. Typically
what happens is they fall in love with a person that already has children, and their lives are turned
Basically, you're going to have to get used to them, and they are going to have to get used to you.
In the beginning, don't try to rush things and just support your partner as much as possible when it
comes to parenting duties. By doing this, though this job is not easy, you will successfully move
toward a solid relationship with your spouse's children. Another important tip is to spend quality
time alone with each child in the event there is more than one in your new household. You don't
differentiate between your children and your stepchildren. This applies to all of them as a matter
of course. Each child has his or her own interests, needs and problems and you have to make
time to learn about these. You can't make a better move to be accepted by your stepchildren than
to actively and sincerely become involved in some kind of activity enjoy. It doesn't matter if it's a
chess competition or a ballet recital. Be there. Or if they have a problem in some area, such as a
certain subject in school, maybe you can help them out. If you have more than one child in your
family, don't lump them together and treat them like an Army platoon. Each child is a real,
individual person and you must recognize that.
One problem you must avoid if both you and your new spouse have brought children into the
marriage is to not be partial to your own kids. Your natural behavior will be, of course, to prefer
your children. It's a normal reaction and it's hard to overcome. It's of prime importance to make
sure both you and your spouse treat all the children brought into your marriage the same. This will
be a very important key to success for your new family and your marriage. In practice, this may
not be possible at all times, especially if the children are older. It may never be possible for you to
cultivate the same kind of special relationship with your stepchildren that you have with your own
children. This makes it even more important for you to be attentive to your behavior when you
must discipline a child or reward a child. All the children must be treated in the same manner.
Whenever it is necessary to punish a child, you must apply the same rules for their punishment
whether it is one of your children or one of your stepchildren. Being a step parent is not something
you can buy a book on and learn overnight; it is a process that must be experienced over time.
The above tips can be useful to make this transition easier, but you also need the ability to be
flexible and go with the flow in a new family environment. Over time, because children need to
have a consistent father figure or mother figure in their lives, they will accept you once they are
For much more useful information in scenarios when you and your partner having partnership
difficulties which could have an impact on your child and also on your marriage check out this site
at http://www.girlgetsrings.org/ and discover effective ideas to win your husband back and to
protect your partnership.