I have a step-daughter and am worried she may feel jealousy or negativity toward any children her dad and I have in the future. I also don’t want our children to resent her. I’ve searched all over parenting and family forums and I’m not getting a lot — I’ve found plenty of typical sibling rivalry stories and advice, or stories from adopted/foster children who resented their parents’ birth children. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find anything about step/half sibling issues.
How do you handle jealousy issues? What methods do you use to make sure everyone feels like an equal part of the family? If someone is feeling left out or hurt, how do you help them cope and understand? How do you go about explaing different parenting styles in a way children can understand? There’s just not a lot of nitty gritty advice for step parents out there! — Tiffany