The debate "I think it is harder to be a step-parent than a parent sometimes" was started by
January 24, 2015, 5:29 pm.
39 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 3 people are on the disagree side.
That might be enough to see the common perception.
It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.
Michelle_M posted 1 argument, PsychDave posted 1 argument to the agreers part.
Michelle_M, Aakanksha, PsychDave, Seraph, DeWthaDeW, mansi, Sidharth, akshay58165, denmob, Shivi_410, jessicaS02, ameliajane, ArsonLarson, LondonLeaders, pretty_twin, tr, Chabii, queenmar497, PhoenixF1re, birdintulsa, Turtle, Trance and 17 visitors agree.
stormshy and 2 visitors disagree.
Step parents are often confronted with the phrase "You're not my real mother/father!" when they try to discipline the child. This is far harder than being the parent who the child knows has authority.
A step-parent comes into the picture and has to find their place. Depending on how old the child is, they may grow close or they may never do so. Sometimes the other parent will try to keep the child from liking them out of jealousy or fear of losing their place in the child's heart. It takes a loving person to take on this role, as it is a huge responsibility without guaranteed success.