Please join if you are a stepparent. I think if any others out there are like me; we could definately use some support. Stepchildren are wonderful gifts. I call them my kids that didn't require two weeks of labor!!! However, it is quite challenging. The second-guessing: am I favoring my own or am I favoring the stepkids to gain their love? Am I too hard or not hard enough? Pretty much all of the same issues you would have with biological children except stepchildren are not biologically wired to love and accept you like the ones we popped out. I would LOVE to hear your stories.
I have two full-time stepsons and one biological son who is also the youngest. We have all known each other for three years and my husband and I got married last July. It's definately a circus!
I think the easiest lesson I've learned so far is to always admit when I'm wrong. Whether it's to a 7 year-old or 13 year-old, I'm cool with apologizing for my screw ups. I just hope that someday when they're grown and in therapy they'll remember to mention my humble nature!!!!