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How can living with a stepparent be different?

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Adjusting to new rules is a common problem for stepfamilies. Your stepparent may have different opinions and expectations.

Your stepparent may have some rules that you like better.

If you don't like a particular rule, it probably won't help to tell your stepparent that it is a bad rule. It may be helpful to tell your stepparent that the rule is different, and you are having trouble adjusting to it. Try to work out rules on which both you and your stepparent can agree.

From: Living With a Stepparent WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

King, V. , 2006.  Journal of Marriage and Family

DeAngelis, T., , 2005. Monitor on Psychology

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

National Stepfamily Resource Center: "Stepfamily Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on April 23, 2018

SOURCES: 

King, V. , 2006.  Journal of Marriage and Family

DeAngelis, T., , 2005. Monitor on Psychology

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

National Stepfamily Resource Center: "Stepfamily Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on April 23, 2018

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