7. We’re Often Judged As Favoring Our Biological Children Over Our Stepchildren
"I met my stepson when he was five and he’s now 12. I obviously have no decision-making power when it comes to him, which I accept, but at the same time, I find it aggravating when I'm told by various people that I should be treating my stepson the same way I treat my biological kids. The simple fact is, I can't. I don't have the power to make big decisions about how he's raised or cared for, nor do I feel that's my place. His mom and dad are the ones to decide that; I just help with implementing it. With my biological sons, I'm the primary caregiver, so I just naturally have to be more involved in the minutiae of their lives." Jennifer M.