What have been some of the biggest challenges you've encountered as a stepparent so far?
Communication is hands down the biggest challenge in blended family life.
I would say about 95 percent of the issues that result from co-parenting and blended families are related to a communication error.
When there's other parents, you need to have strong communication or everything else will fall apart.
There was one time when I was trying to be helpful by picking up the kids early on a Sunday.
I wasn't aware that it was their stepdad's birthday.
The kids' biological mom Stephanie thought my husband knew.
Stephanie assumed I knew this as well and thought I was trying to be rude and ruin their plans.
This caused a huge fight. All that would of been avoided if we all communicated with each other.