How to maintain respect with stepdaughter?

Kathryn - posted on 11/11/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




I have a 9 year old stepdaughter and she is my life now. Sometimes I feel like because I am only 20 she feels a little awkward around me. How do I keep the respect level up while still having fun? I want to get this right and show her father that I can be a good mother for our future children. I know I'm young but with some help I think I can make an impact on my daughter growing up. Stepmoms could you please help me??


Kaylie - posted on 11/11/2012




Be a role model. Don't smother her. Be sure you and her father follow the same rules for her. Do her homework with her in fun ways. Teach her through play. Become her friend and mentor while still ensuring she respects you as a parent, not a buddy.

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