” No matter how much you might like your honey’s kids (and hey, let me be the first to say, it’s okay if you don’t really—affection can take time), always remember they already have two parents, and they’re not in the market for another one.
A loving parental relationship may come with time, but whether it does or doesn’t, let a relationship grow on its own into whatever feels right.
You’d be surprised at how much a little knowledge and same-story listening can do when the road gets bumpy (and it will).
Remember, when you’re going to get involved in the lives of tiny humans, it’s to be taken seriously and open-heartedly.
Resources: If you start dating someone with kids and it starts getting serious, .
Get some books on step-parenting (this one’s my personal fave for ladies) and look online for some support forums—Facebook has lots.
I can actually say the world is ending on a stressful day and my boyfriend just laughs pleasantly and suggests we go get me an iced tea and soft pretzel…