as a lifetime member of a split family i can only advocate a step-parent having a feeling of strong kinship. when you grow up in a split family, there will be many cases of the child or children feeling that they do not get as much love as a child in a "normal" family; no matter the adults true intentions. it's a simple matter of "how can they love me if i'm not there?" so when a person who is not truly related to you comes up and says "i don't care, i love you and you are now mine too" it adds to their self worth. the only time this could go wrong is if a parent decides to take the place of the other parent. that never works out. the best way to look at it is not in terms of mine and yours; but rather as there is now one more person willing to love this child unconditionally.View Thread
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