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These Stepparents Want You To Know What It's Really Like In Blended Families

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.