2. Be Yourself.
Speaking of trying to replace their biological mother – DON’T DO IT. If she’s in the picture, you will never, EVER, be their mother (sorry, but it’s true), so don’t pretend to be something you’re not. Let the child get to know YOU and develop your own personal rapport with him or her. Don’t try to bribe, trick or cajole a child into liking you, because kids can smell a fake a mile away. Being genuine and sincere with them is the only way you’ll be able to gain their trust and respect. They already have a mother, you just be you.