8 stepparenting tips I learned from Game of Thrones

Now that we know how Game of Thrones ends, looking back at the beginning brings up all kinds of obvious-in-retrospect foreshadowing. Kinda like blending a family. In hindsight, I could've taken some stepparenting tips straight from GoT, if I'd just been paying attention.

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Stepkids and double standard parenting

Do stepparents have a double standard when it comes to stepkids vs. bio kids? They do and they should, but it’s not the kind of double standard you’re thinking. Sometimes, taking a more flexible approach to parenting is ultimately the fairest answer.

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Can parenting less make you a better stepparent?

If you disengage from your step kid and step back from stepparenting, could you actually become a better stepmom or stepdad? YEP. Disengaging can be an act of love that gives everyone in your blended family the room they need to blend.

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7 tips to help blended families ditch high conflict at the holidays

Is your blended family Christmas at risk of being ruined by stress over a high conflict ex and crazy custody schedules? These tips can help you defuse potential problems before they come up.

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You don’t have to love your stepkid to be a good stepparent

As much as we're force-fed the bullshit assumption that every good stepparent unconditionally loves their stepkids from day one, that's NOT the typical experience. Love is a bonus, not a requirement.

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