Healthy bonding tips needed for a stepmom and stepson...

Julia - posted on 06/04/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I am a stepmom to a 7 year old very shy little boy, I have no kids of my own...any tips you can provide to help me bond more deeply? I've tried little things but just can't seem to find that "thing" that gives us a connection.

Thanks,

JC

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Enna - posted on 06/12/2013

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My biggest suggestion is not to try to act like you are his mom. I really respected my step mom because she never did that to me. We have a good relationship.
But I don't think that's really what you're talking about.
If he's shy I would just give him more time to get used to you. I'm not sure how long you've been his step mom, but it can take a lot of time.
I would try reading books with him, or getting a pet like a frog/bird or something that you can take care of together. It would give you the opportunity to do research about the pet, and it would give you something to talk about. Put him in a sport and go to all his games and tell him how awesome he is. There's so many things you can do, but I think the big one is just to take your time.

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