Being a Stepmom to a Teenage Girl
Being a stepparent can be difficult as well as challenging. Being a parent to a teenager can be tough as well. When you combine the two, it makes for a pretty hard time. This is especially true for stepmoms and their teenage stepdaughters. Here are some tips to make the challenge of being a stepmom to a teenage girl a bit easier.
Support her relationship with her mom– It is important that you, as the stepmother, support the relationship your stepdaughter has with her biological mother. Even if you may feel jealous of the relationship, it is important to understand that is her mother. By supporting your stepdaughter’s relationship with her biological mother, it shows that you respect their relationship and you have your stepdaughter’s best interest at heart.
Allow their father to do the disciplining– Anytime a stepparent jumps in and starts disciplining the children, the stepparent usually ends up getting resented because of it. Be sure to allow their father to appropriately discipline his children. If you notice your stepdaughter doing something wrong, tell your husband so he can address the issue himself.
Have family night together– You are all a family so set aside one night a week as family night and do something as a family. You don’t have to go out and spend a ton of money. You can go to dinner or to the movies, or stay home and watch a movie or play board games. Just something that allows you as a family to spend quality time together.
Spend time with them alone– While it is great to have family night, it is also important that you spend one-on-one time with your stepdaughter. Find something that you both like to do, such as playing tennis or attending concerts, and set aside time to enjoy it together.