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How To Be a Successful Step Parent - Bonding With Your Step Children

Anyone who says step parenting is not hard work has not experienced it for themselves. The good news however is that the hard work and patience could pay off and potentially lead to a happy family unit. It does not have to be doom and gloom for a step family all the time.

There are some ways in which one can become a successful step parent and one of such ways is through bonding with the step children.

So how does one bond with one's step children?

Getting involved in activities

As a step parent, one of the quickest ways to bond with the children is by showing an interest in their hobbies and activities at school. Get to know what they like doing and make time to ask questions and if possible join in if they allow you. For activities at school, you could go with your spouse to attend say for example the cricket classes and stay to cheer them on, etc.

Doing things together

Another way of bonding is by doing things together. This would not involve your spouse, just you and your step child…
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Step Parent Question and Answer

I have a twenty-three year old step son who moved back home a year ago. He has a job, but refuses to help out or even try to find a place of his own, and I know he's trying to cause problems between his father and I. What can I do?

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