Problems Enjoying a Stepparent

with Ron Deal | January 11, 2020

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.

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.

Problems Enjoying a Stepparent

With Ron Deal
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January 10, 2020
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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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