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â€œI got to know them oneon- one and they each made an effort. That was the key. They werenâ€™t â€˜The Kids.â€™ And they were all so hungry. They love their mother, but my stepson would just talk and talk and talk. I would need to change clothes and he would keep talking through the door. He was very open and they were all willing to just know me.â€
You first interview everyone and find out how things have been working before you begin implementing changes. Itâ€™s the same with stepfamilies. So take time to gather information before you demand allegiance from the kids. If you have more than one stepchild, itâ€™s easy to fall into the habit of treating the kids as if theyâ€™re in a pack.
You might be used to running the show at work, but when you start a job, you must learn the culture before you can be effective. You know when you take on a new client itâ€™s going to take time and work to get to a place where you trust each other.
Talk openly with your husband about your role within the family. Both of you need to express your views and arrive at something everyone feels comfortable with. 1. Do either of us know any stepmothers? What role did they appear to have in their families?
In many of the resources out there for stepmothers, there is an abundance of â€œwoe is meâ€ tales that can inspire dread in the hearts of even the most stalwart of women. The horror stories of stepmothers tortured by teens gone wild, vindictive exes, intrusive former in-laws, and wimpy spouses are all true.
Psychologist and author Patricia Papernow called the role â€œintimate outsider,â€ in which you are close and part of the family, but you are also just a bit outside so you have a more objective viewpoint. Your role is also going to depend on what ages the kids are when you marry their dad. Childrenâ€™s behavior changes as they move from one developmental stage to the next.
As youâ€™ve begun the work of identifying what everyone in your stepfamily unit feels and wants from their family experience, you can begin to solidify what your role will be with your family members. â€œI didnâ€™t always know what I was doing,â€ admits former family law attorney Heidi. â€œWhat is my role? What are my boundaries?
I wish they were never born.â€™ And then I felt evil and rotten and was sure I was going to hell. Then I thought, when they come here for the summer, I am going away. Iâ€™ll go stay in a hotel down the block so I donâ€™t have to be here. The minute my stepsons walked in the door, my husband would drop our life together.
Finally after going around and around for hours, they got down to the underlying issue. â€œI do not love your kids,â€ she whispered. â€œI might never love your kids.â€ It hurt Jake to hear those words from his future wife, but he was able to listen and respond. They were able to discuss how both of them felt differently for the children living under their roof.
As they neared their destination, her fiancÃ© casually mentioned he would be out of town for four days with one of his boys at a Cub Scout camp program and she would have to stay home to care for the other three. He assumed she would be okay with that arrangement. Though she was uncomfortable with it, she did as he asked.