Ever wonder what your stepchildren are really thinking? It’s not easy for kids to talk about their feelings. And it can be especially hard for them to share their thoughts about mom and dad’s divorce or how they feel about you.
If your relationship with your stepchild feels strained or distant, they may be going through a normal development phase or they might be struggling with anger, sadness or fear related to their family situation. Knowing the difference between typical, age-appropriate behavior and issues related to stepfamily dynamics can open the door to finding out what’s really going on and where you stand with your stepchildren.
Learning what’s normal and what you can do to influence your situation is the key to making stepfamily life easier—for everyone.