It has been said that many kids growing up today will probably know at least 2-3 sets of step families, if not more due to the way families break down and come together again over a period of time in a child's life.
Therefore I have to say how much respect I have for all the loving Step Parents bringing up children that do not belong to them since a child cannot have too many parents loving them and looking out for their long-term interest.
And even more so for those step parents who had to struggle with the moods of those children who found the changes in their main parent's life hard to deal with, sometimes due to a parent separation, divorce or even one passing away.
Many kids have found some step parents a better substitute over their birth parents due to issues they had in being a responsible parent.
At the end of the day as adults, we should all be mindful who we bring into our kid's lives and when they are introduced to a new partner.
As well as the potential impact it could have on any long term relationship we may have since our kids emotional well being, should be important to us.
Another very important point I feel as adults is, if our kids do have another parent in their life, that we should try to accept them as a step parent who will be looking out for the best interest of our kids as if it were their own child.
Otherwise, in speaking badly of a step parent a young child mind will absorb the negative things said, and fail to be a respectable and obedient child to a step parents who just want the best for their new family arrangement and home.
Sadly this is so common, that many father's experience with mothers of their kids, who for whatever reason will try to poison their kid's minds so that when their kids come to their father's home, all they see is a lack of respect for their new partner.
In my way of thinking, teaching our kids poor values in life not to respect a new step parent, cannot be right since kids will probably bring that way of disobedience to their father's or mother's new partner into their own adult life one day, and as night follow day, they would not want another person's child being rude to them, if all they wanted was to be the best step parent possible to new partners child.