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The Relationship between Step Parents and Children

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Jada Akins

on 14 January 2014

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Transcript of The Relationship between Step Parents and Children

1. Out of all the families with children throughout Canada, what percentage of these families do sttep families make up?
a) 30%
b) 12%
d) 10%

2. Children are more likely to be more accepting of their step parent when they are...
a) a teenager
b) an adult
c) a young child
d) elderly
What do you Think??
Do you think that step parents should be able to discipline their step children?
Do you think that step children have an influence on the marital relationship between the biological parent and step parent?
If you had a stepparent do you think that you would behave differently toward them then you would your biological parent?
Other TV shows that depict step families are...
-The Brady Bunch
-Modern Family
-Drake and Josh
-Step by Step

and more..
Introduction to Step Families
-step families are becoming more of a norm in society
- 12% of families in Canada with children are families
-two relationships form when a blended family is formed: marital relationship and a relationship between step parents and children
-the most important relationship is the step parent-child one because it can affect the entire family

-How step parent and child relationships are based on age of the child
-The effect that children have on the marital relationship
-Role of the biological parent
-role of the step parent
-symbolic interaction

Effects of Step Children on a Marital Relationship
-majority of people who remarry have kids

-most conflicts between parents arise when the step parent tries to discipline step children


-more conflict the harder it will be to maintain marital relationship

-divorce is higher in second marriage then first
Role of the Biological Parent
-large part of child's life during remarriage
-remember, biological parents have to adapt too
-important to maintain a close relationship with their biological children and not neglect their own child when they gain step children too
-however majority of the time these relationships worsen
-children feel abandoned or unwanted without attention from both biological parents
-transfer anger from biological parent to step parent
-biological parents need to support step parents
-need to let stepparent and child form their own relationship
Role of the Step Parent
-the hardest way to gain a child is though remarriage
- has a large psychological impact on the stepparent
-having a step parent can be beneficial
-successful step parenting is done with the help of the biological parent
-step parents have learning and adapting to do to
-take the first step to forming a relationship with their step children
-step parents tend to care too much rather than too little
Influence of Age
-age affects how the child acts toward the step parent
-at different stages of development
-relation ultimately depends on the attitudes of both parties

-more accepting
-younger children bond with younger children sooner
-see stepparents more as extended family
-can also feel abandoned, like their step parent is taking their attention away
-have a more difficult time
-in their stage of personal identity development
-more stubborn
-project feelings onto step parents
-more emotional and sensitive
-likely for an older child to experience depression/isolation

Symbolic Interaction
- behaving and talking a certain way to a certain person
-child's attitude depends on their previous life experiences
-in relation to stepparents, children generally are negative towards the idea
-children become more rebellious towards step parents
-sometimes children act a certain way toward their step parent in hopes of their biological parents getting back together
-can feel like by accepting their step parent they are betraying their biological parent
-females give more of an attitude and are more emotional about gaining a step parent
-males hide their feelings
-males are more likely to create a bond quicker than females

Primary Research
-majority of those interviewed stated that they have negative relationships with their step parents
-most interviewees said that their attitude towards their step parent depends on how they're treated on a day to day basis
-step parents play a small role in their everyday life
-all interviewees said that they believe it's easier when a step parent comes into your life at a younger age
-longer time to form a relationship
-doesn't impact you as much then if you were a teenager
-felt that everything changed once they had to live with their step parent
-most common adjustments are a new house and new family members
-step siblings, all interviewees stated they had at least one
-treated differently then step parents biological children
-didn't listen or obey when being disciplined by their stepparent
-felt that there should be a difference in roles
-felt they had an impact on marital relationship and that the most common argument between parents was over discipline

-both sources conclude that children are likely to be involved in remarriage
-children are a great impact on the marital relationship
-biological parent plays the larger role
-children tend to have a poorer relationship with the biological parent they don't live with
-role of a step parent is not to discipline or act like a parent but are there for support
-easier to form a relationship with younger children over teenagers
-older children are less accepting
-children act differently toward their step parent then their biological parent
Thank You For Listening
The Relationship between Step Parents and Children
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