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Stepping Up to the Plate

In the story of Cinderella, the second wife is none other than the wicked stepmother who spends her days plotting against the innocent sweet-natured heroine. In movies, stepdads are rarely portrayed in a positive light, and are often shown to be abusive and distant. Although you may not come anywhere close to these characters when you think about your impending role as a stepparent, do you fear that this is how your stepchild will think of you?

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The First Step to Stepparenting

The First Step to Stepparenting

It may be daunting to think of being a “parent” to children you didn’t conceive, but once you get in the swing of things you’ll find it’s one of the most rewarding changes you will experience in your life.

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