At first, Georgianne threw herself into the job of parenting the two children who came to live with her and her new husband. “The first year I was really game and gung-ho about it. I cheerfully drove to soccer practice. I went to fundraisers at school. But all of a sudden I realized, ‘This is crazy.’ I am the primary breadwinner in the family.
My stepmother, Nancy, is the president and CEO of a national nonprofit association. She didn’t have children of her own when she met my father. She put it this way: “Think about the common situations where parents are constantly on the run, bundling the kids off, getting groceries, helping with homework. If you have not come from that kind of lifestyle, and you suddenly step into it, you’ve got no time to adjust. To take that on is very risky. That’s where the resentment builds. That’s when people look for escapes elsewhere, by either working too hard or having an