Childless Stepparent

for stepmoms + stepdads with the unique challenges – and gifts – of creating a family with their spouse + their spouse's child(ren) and no child(ren) of their own

Stop Thinking of Yourself as a Parent

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As a childless stepparent who has always wanted to be a mom, I’ve learned not to think of myself as a parent with my stepchild. It’s been a long, painful process, but I welcome this clarity.

I parent, but I am not a parent. I am childless. My stepchild has two involved parents.

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When Your Stepchild Has Two Involved Parents

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The advice I share is informed by my own experience and is meant for childless stepparents who find themselves in a situation similar to mine: no children of our own; stepchildren from our spouse’s previous marriage; our spouse and his former spouse are both involved parents.

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