FamilyLife Blended® Minute
Problems Enjoying a Stepparent
Have you ever thought that one reason kids don't like their stepparent is because they like their stepparent?
About the Guest
One teenager put it to me this way. I like my stepmom. That's the problem. I'm worried my mom will get her feelings hurt. What a bind for a kid. A child in that situation needs permission from their biological mom. Permission to get along with and maybe even love their stepmom. What the child needs from the stepmom is your permission to love their mom and a whole lot of grace when they shrink back. After all, it's not really a rejection of you it's just being stuck in the middle.
Ron DealRon L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series
Have you ever thought that one reason kids don’t like their stepparent is because they like their stepparent?