This is not a watered down blog with sweet advice to make your online dating profile get lots of hits. Last time I checked fairy tales were just that, make believe, and there’s no such thing as the Fairy God Mother to wave her magic wand, say a little “bippity boppity boo”, and whisk us off to the castle to meet Prince Charming. This all started while I was sitting on a plane listening to music trying to figure out what my next blog topic will be and We have behaved badly; actually horrific is a better word. I’m convinced we must train men to treat us with respect.

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I recently encountered a friend who couldn’t wait to spill her current dating snafu. Until, she got a text from his other girlfriend, whom he was apparently NOT celibate with. This woman was even willing to take the cheating dude back!!!!

The new American Dream for blended families, right? Actually, my friend wasn’t obeying all of them either.

As a stepparent, you can serve as a buffer – for both your child and your spouse.

The other thing is when the other parent is actively involved, there may be times where the support system will have slight cracks.

The relationship that develops between a man and his child starts before the child is even physically in this world.

Being a step-parent, you don’t have that historical connection.

You can only hope that the environment remains cordial.

If it doesn’t, the unfortunate pitfall is that you’ve developed a bond with a child that may find out one day his/her father held negative opinions about you. No matter how good your intentions are, it could leave a damaging effect on them as adults knowing that their other parent never accepted you.

You have to make the most of whatever time you do have.