The Poisoned Apple: Stepmother and child relationship

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Step families are increasing families today and also the misunderstood families too. Marriage is hard but marriage with stepchildren is so much harder. In America, statistics indicate that currently 16% of all married couples in this country have at least one stepchild [Marianne Dainton]. Moreover current predictions are that 35% to 40% of children born in the 1980s will spend time in a stepparent family before they are young adults. So it is necessary that these children understand and take step families in positive way. The remarriage of a custodial father and the entrance of a stepmother create a new role in the family that may be viewed by the children as a threat to the family roles. When a woman married to men with child, it makes those woman anxious. “How to behave , how to love them and how to manage everything which can make everyone happy” thousands of these kind of questions come across their womens’ mind. Being a stepmother is new to a childless woman who never been into the situation with kids. She is about to enter in new life. It is easy to adjust for these couple with each other. The relationship between child-stepmother experiences the most difficulties. Children take longer time to accept a new person in their house. My research question is why stepmother face so many problems to adjust with children. In my paper, I am going to focus on the stepmothers’ myth, the unclear guidance and advises stepmother get, children’s point of view about remarriages of father and stepmother and also how these difficulties turn stepmother into depression and a wicked person. No one is perfect still we want to see stepmother as a perfect model. These makes them to work harder to get into that categories and sometimes, still child... ... middle of paper ... ...rience Of Envy And Jealousy." Journal Of Feminist Family Therapy 11.3 (1999): 1-18. Alternative Press Index. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. Marianne, Dainton. "The Myths and Misconceptions of the Step Mother Identity." N.p., n.d. Web. Martin, Wednesday. "Banning the 'blended' Family: Why Step Families Will Never Be the Same as First Families." N.p., 23 Jan. 2013. Web. Martin, Wednesday. Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. Print. Roosevelt, Ruth Barrons., and Jeannette Lofas. Living in Step. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1977. Print. Marshall, Alice. "Stepmothers Can Be MORE Loving than a Real Mum Read More: Http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2091797/Stepmothers-MORE-loving-real-mum-thats-stepson-chose-live-me." N.p., 25 Jan. 2012. Web. Stepmom, Dir. Chris Columbus, Columbia pictures, 1998.

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