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How do I build a relationship with my new stepparent?

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Building any relationship takes time and effort. Don't expect to be best friends with your new stepparent overnight. If you have similar interests, and personalities that work well together, it may take less time to adjust. But relationships with stepparents can be hard because they may be "part friend" and "part parent."

Getting used to the balance can take awhile. Don't be disappointed if it the adjustment takes longer than you thought. Over time, you and your stepparent will both adjust.

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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