3. Don’t Be a Pushover…

When you step into a family with older kids, there is a fine line for a step-parent between discipline and becoming a pushover. On the one hand you don’t want them to dislike you, but on the other hand you also don’t want them walking all over you. If your spouse has set guidelines and rules the children are supposed to follow, don’t break them just because you want the kids to like you. If they aren’t supposed to eat ice cream before dinner, then no ice cream. They might get upset and say mean things, but you need to be the “parent” figure and make sure they follow the house rules. Never say yes when the answer should be no.

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