Don’t Assume, Ask the Stepmom

with Ron Deal | November 26, 2018

Being a stepmom is different from being a Mom. So I tell stepmoms, slow your roll and adjust your expectations. But dads need to adjust their expectations, too. If a dad assumes his kids will embrace her as Mom, he expects too much and that leads to conflict. So dad: cherish her as your wife and give her Mom-like respect in front of your kids. Ask her if she's comfortable with a particular role or parenting task. Don't assume and play to her strengths so everyone wins.

Being a stepmom is different from being a Mom. So I tell stepmoms, slow your roll and adjust your expectations. But dads need to adjust their expectations, too. If a dad assumes his kids will embrace her as Mom, he expects too much and that leads to conflict. So dad: cherish her as your wife and give her Mom-like respect in front of your kids. Ask her if she's comfortable with a particular role or parenting task. Don't assume and play to her strengths so everyone wins.

Don’t Assume, Ask the Stepmom

With Ron Deal
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November 26, 2018
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In this 60 second short feature, Ron Deal delivers a daily word of encouragement for those in stepfamilies and those who know them—which is a whole lot of us today. A relevant, real-world outlook with a biblical perspective.

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