Developing relationships with your new family while having no prior experience with parenting can be stressful and overwhelming.
Biological parents have a right to be involved in their children’s lives, but this can cause tension and strained relationships with your new spouse.
Watching your step-children not accept you like they love their biological parents can breed resentment and insecurity, as step-parents may compare themselves to biological parents.
A child may crave attention, compete for dominance or assume their biological father/mother loves their step-sibling(s) more.
As they live and grow closer to a step-parent, there might be feelings of confusion or betrayal toward their biological parent.
Grieving the loss of their loved ones or lost relationships can lead to depression and other mental health conditions.