Becoming a Step Parent: What’s Crucial to Making this Transition Smooth

Originally posted on Palm Beach Athletic Wear Blog:

mommy photoBecoming a Step Parent: What’s Crucial to Making this Transition Smooth by Jesica Cockerham Salyer

A lot can change in a very short period of time when you enter a relationship with someone who has a child, or children.

There are dynamics within the parenting scenario that are already established, will change with you in the picture, and that you can work to change. Most would imagine that this predicament comes with emotion-triggering situations; and it truly does. Some of these are exciting and joyous, whereas others are unexpected and challenging.

There are a few things that are crucial in creating and maintaining a healthy relationship with everyone involved as you become a stepparent:

1. Always make the child your focus.
-It’s easy to get distracted by petty differences or scenarios where you feel you’ve been short changed. Realize that those things are not important. The child deserves a functional…

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