Stepfathers Need to Discipline Children Differently

“I would say the hardest job in the world is that of a stepparent,” says Susan Caso of Boulder Family Counseling. “They have to learn how to balance both their partner and their partner’s children’s needs and wants — that’s not easy.” Ask one of the 300,000 or so new step-dads and step-moms what the most difficult part of this already tough role is and many will come around to discipline. When a child acts up, as they are bound to do, how should a new stepparent handle discipline — without growing resentment in this new and fragile relationship? We spoke to the experts about navigating these tough waters. The good news: There’s a clear, if slow, path to success.

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