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I know there is a board for Blended Families, but that is not really our case. I'm married to my DH, and all my kids are with him, but he has a son from a previous relationship whom we have visitation with.
I think the support from others as step parents, whether in a situation like ours or not, would be great.
As a stepmother, I find it difficult to sometimes deal with his mother, and I'm sure there are vice versa situations. I also have a hard time knowing my place in his life, and how much of a parent/friend to be to him. As well as his relationships with our children. His half brothers and soon to be half sister. I had a close relationship with him when we lived where he does, but now that there is 2000 miles between us, it's a difficult position.
There are tons of families on our situation, and probably the same frustrations.
How much is too much parenting from the step parent? Boundaries of parenting with a step child, advice on how to deal with certain situations, etc.
I think it would be a great support, that I know I could use!
AWESOME idea!!!!!!!! I have a huge blended family. I have 3 children from a previous marrage and DH has 2 children from a previous relationship and we have 1 together soon to be 2! I would love to have this as a resource when I need itand I often do!
I agree there are lots of issues surounding step parenting. I would suggest that instead of adding another board, the name of Blended Families be changed to include these types of situations. Blended families isn't that active and if we called it Step-pareting/Blended Families, it might drum up some more activity there.
I agree there are lots of issues surounding step parenting. I would suggest that instead of adding another board, the name of Blended Families be changed to include these types of situations. Blended families isn't that active and if we called it Step-pareting/Blended Families, it might drum up some more activity there.[/b]
That sounds like an excellent idea Rachel!
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i would love to be a part of a step parenting board...i have two teenage stepdaughters (14 and 15)...and i have to agree..sometimes you just dont know where that line is...esp. when they come to you about personal things...do i try to help them out..and step on their mommas toes...if i tell them to ask their mom, or dad then they feel like i dont care...its a catch 22....im very close to my step daughters, and i am thrilled that they feel comfertable enough with me and trust my opions enough to come to me and talk to me about things..even personal things that they dont always feel comfy talking to mom or dad about...but..where is that line...also sometimes...i feel like i cross the line in making suggestions to dh about things that they are doing (things they shouldnt be) and ways to correct it....its really a hard place to be...so i would love to have a place to go and talk to others in the same situation
I think this would be a great idea. Growing up my stepmom had trouble with whether or not she should give us advice or discipline us. I think it would be a great board for step-parents to discuss their problems and issues. Very resourceful!