Nearly half of Americans have a step relative, but it’s an issue that we don’t give nearly enough attention to.
I have had stepparents, but I have never thought in depth about what it takes to be a good stepparent. It’s such an overlooked but important job: beginning a new family while blending into an existing one and then keeping it intact.
After a recent, emotional trip to Florida to see my father and half-siblings, I started thinking about the dynamics of blended families. Even as an adult, having a stepparent can really have an impact on family life. And even for stepparents with good intentions, the role is bound to be challenging.