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The word step parent immediately conjures up Snow White or Cinderella-like stepmothers in our minds! But so much has changed over the years, step parents are no longer what they were thought to be. With the percentage of remarriages increasing, it is common to get into relationships where there are children from the past marriage, or even if the step parent comes into the marriage without any children from his marriage, children in the new relationship can lead to a very fulfilling and satisfying experience for the step parent.
Before you get into the groove of handling your role as a step parent, certain things should be made very clear at the onset - a few ground rules must be established, doubts must be cleared and a framework of responsibilities should be laid down. This will make it easier for the step parent and the biological parent to initiate the smooth relationship between step parent and child.