The upcoming movie “Daddy’s Home” starring Will Ferrell, Linda Cardellini, and Mark Wahlberg, presents an over-the-top depiction of a very real family issue. In the movie, Will Ferrell plays a mild mannered stepfather who is forced to compete with the children’s biological father, Mark Wahlberg, for the affection of Linda Cardellini’s children. Although the movie is comedic in nature, parenting issues between biological parents and stepparents are often contentious and can result in litigation. If you are a stepparent here is some advice for cultivating and maintaining a healthy relationship with your stepchild.
Above all, remember to not take your stepchild’s criticisms personally because oftentimes the emergence of a stepparent in a child’s life signals the end of the child’s hope that his or her biological parents will get back together.
Here is a scene from the movie “Daddy’s Home”.
In sum, the transition from a traditional family to a blended family is often difficult for children, biological parents, and stepparents alike. If you find yourself dealing with parenting or custody issues, whether you are a child’s biological parent or stepparent, then having an experienced Massachusetts child custody attorney in your corner will help you maintain a healthy relationship with your child.