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Tips for Step-Fathers

By: Susan Adams, M. Ed.

Tips for Stepfathers

  1. Develop relationships before attempting discipline.
  2. Help your partner establish rules but don’t YOU be the enforcer too soon.
  3. Let your partner tell you when you can begin to enforce.
  4. Take the side of the stepchildren where you can.
  5. Negotiate chore issues.
  6. Discuss with your partner if you feel undermined.
  7. Remind the children that their mother loves them despite your presence in their lives.
  8. Discuss appropriate dress, privacy, and modesty standards withe teenage children.
  9. Share yourself, spend time with each stepchild.
  10. Be discreet with physical attention.

Tips for Stepfathers