Guidelines For Stepparents Marrying A Widow

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Dealing with young children

Entering a family who has lost a parent where there are very young children is a completely different scenario than entering one where there are teenagers or older children. The experiences and challenges of the stepparent here will vary greatly. Moore says, “The age of the child will play as a factor in these dynamics. If the child is young they are not able to communicate their feelings effectively. It is important to explore the child’s feelings by asking open-ended questions rather than assume. Young children may at times attach themselves to the step-parent and allow room for connection.”

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