Guidelines For Stepparents Marrying A Widow

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Prepare for ups and downs

A stepparent entering a family where a biological parent has passed away is entering a very delicate situation. When they’re entering a family of divorce, there will already be the elements of “Who is this new person?” and “You’re not my real parent.” But when the other parent passed away, there is the added element of grief. The emotions of children and teens can be a roller coaster under the best of circumstances, so under these specific ones, they can be quite tumultuous. “The step-parent should be considerate of the child losing one of their biological parents. The step-parent should be cognizant of the grief the child will experience. Sometimes grief shows up as anger and sometimes as sadness.”

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