Yes, step parenting isn't easy. You might face so many challenges but at the end of the day, it is like a responsibility that can also turn into a joy if handled with care.
What is step parenting? Playing the role of a mother or a father
to a child who isn't your biological child is called as step
Why is step parenting so hard? Well, it all depends upon how well the kid accepts you as a replacement of the real parent.
If you both get along well, then most of the issues are solved. But if the child isn't in a position to imagine anyoneelse in their parents' place, then issues may crop up. This is just one of the step parenting challenges; there could be a lot more.
Now, let us discuss about the factors that may affect your role.
Do you know that younger kids can adapt better? A grown up kid may find it tough to adjust with the new parent as he or she tends to have a strong attachment with their biological parent.
How good is the relationship with your spouse. Is it steady and peaceful? This factor may also influence the kid's mind.
It depends a lot on your personality and whether you are compatible with the step kid. If you have good parenting skills then you may succeed.
Since when do you know them? This also plays a role in the kind of relationship you share with your step kids. If you have already been a family friend before you became a step parent, the chances of gelling well would be higher.
Your Biological Kid
A lot depend upon how you treat your biological kids and whether you discriminate the step kids and give all privileges to your biological kid.
It also depends upon how much time you invest in making your bond special. Your step kid will notice the things you do in order to keep him or her happy. Maybe, step kids also compare the step parent with the actual parent.