7 Ways to Get Along With Your Stepkids
Getting along with stepkids can be a challenge. It is difficult but don’t lose hope along the way. Here are 7 ways to get along with your stepkids.
1. Treat their parent with great love and respect
Sometimes kids are not very happy because they have lost their parent and in a sense has resulted in you intruding in their family. You need to show them that their parent is much happier with you.
2. Get to know them by spending time with them
You don’t have to rush things, or try to control your stepkids in anyway. It might just backfire. Try to just talk to them. Perhaps read a story before bed. Find out how you can fill the big shoes by spending quality time with them.
3. Find activities and interests that you can participate in as a family
You can plan a picnic, a day at the beach where you can sun and tan and help them build their sandcastle or just organize a game of family rugby. Even indoor games like scrabble will help strengthen the bond and fill the awkward pauses.
4. Talk to them even when your spouse is not around
Sometimes you feel uncomfortable talking to your stepkids in the absence of your partner. You need to overcome that so that the children don’t feel you are only pretending to like them or get along.