It's a given that not every wedding is a first-time marriage. In fact, many of you may be marrying someone who has tied the knot before, and you'll become his children's stepparent - about a quarter of all new marriages form stepfamilies. In order to help you navigate any potentially sticky situations down the road, we turned to Dr. Patricia Papernow, psychologist and Harvard instructor and author of Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships: What Works and What Doesn't. Dr. Papernow's must-read book is filled with lots of sage advice for couples dealing with the emotional issues that often arise in blended families.
We asked Dr. Papernow a few key questions about stepparenting issues. Here, her words of wisdom:
Q. What is the top challenge faced by a stepmother?
A. In a stepfamily, parents and their children have a pre-existing, hard-wired attachment to each other. They also come with established agreementsRead More »from How to Handle Becoming a Stepparent