You know what’s hard? Being a parent. You know what’s harder? Being a stepparent. In fact, it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. In my six years as a stepdad, I’ve experienced plenty of ups and downs as my stepdaughter and I do our best to negotiate what has to be one of the most complicated dynamics in the history of ever.
That said, I’ll never have the right words to express how grateful I am to have been given the opportunity to be a stepdad. For like most anything else that’s difficult, the rewards are worth the price you have to pay to get them. There’s such texture to gain from the grind, much beauty to see as you climb, for the love you have to carefully consider, delicately court and ultimately earn might be the most precious of them all.
I’m no stranger to writing about the stepparent experience, three times here on Babble, once on Yahoo and another time on TLC. And though I’m by no means proclaiming victory, I am proud to say that as it stands right now, I have a wonderful relationship with my stepdaughter — not without its moments, mind you, but what parent-child relationship is? I’m also proud to report that I’ve learned many things along the way. Here are 15 of them.
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