Discipline can be difficult in a blended family. Children are used to whatever style of discipline their parents have employed. When you introduce a new authority figure into the mix, it can cause frustration, misunderstanding, and downright rebellion.

Especially difficult to balance is how you treat step kids versus how you treat your birth children. It is a rare person who is capable of absolute equality. We are, by nature, inclined to believe and protect our own.

This becomes exceedingly difficult when it is the children (a biological child and a stepchild) who are fighting with each other and you are forced to intervene. The step child will be expecting the worst – and your biological child will be expecting you to take their side. How do you balance it?

This is an excerpt from Shadra’ s book, Stories From a StepMom, available on Amazon Kindle. Read more or request a review copy.