Who is this new person?
Moore also mentions that the new stepparent shouldn’t have expectations surrounding how the child views them. The child may not now, or ever, feel comfortable seeing the stepparent as a replacement for the one who passed away, and that is okay. “Another boundary to discuss is the step-parent’s title,” Moore says. “It’s important to understand that they are not the mother/father and the child may not want to address them as mom/dad.” As a stepparent, one might feel like a neutral party who could be helpful when conflict arises, but that’s another boundary not worth crossing says, Moore. “It is important to not come between the biological parent and child in the middle of a conflict.”