Advice for step moms: handling step children
Stepmothers and stepchildren: relationships and friendships
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Stepmothers and stepchildren: relationships and friendships

Despite being young, not having any kids and using the same make-up products as your partner's daughters... never become 'best friends' with your step children!

So forget about going to the beautician's together for a bikini wax or browsing in Ann Summer shops for lingerie. Don't forget that at some point, she'll visualize you wearing such attire in front of her dad.

If step mums want to maintain a minimum amount of authority and credibility, it's essential that you establish ascendancy over your step children. The more effort you make in this respect, the less they'll want you to be their 'friend'.

Psychoanalyst Dominique Devedeux explains: "It's widely known that your partner's daughters generally don't want to be friends with you. They're hoping that  you're going to be out of the picture as soon as possible. They want to have thier dad all to themselves and become the lady of the house!"

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