step-mother

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step-mother

A female caregiver of a child who assumed the parental role through marriage to one of the child's original (usually biological) parents. Most commonly, a step-mother is the second wife of a child's biological father. I live with my mom during the week and then visit my dad and step-mother every other weekend.
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I do not think my brother will ever marry again, and certainly not her; and this is why: first, I know that though he rarely speaks about the wife he has lost, the grief of that loss has gone too deep in his heart for him ever to decide to give her a successor and our little angel a stepmother. Secondly because, as far as I know, that girl is not the kind of girl who could please Prince Andrew.
"Anyone who didn't know you would think you were a stepmother, not a true mother."
I ask you, is she the sort of girl to be content to be a stepmother to a middle-aged man's habits?
Stories of their personal experiences blend with accounts of other stepmothers and expert advice on methods, offering realistic insights into the special challenges of being a stepmother and also providing practical advice and hope on how to overcome common obstacles to success.
For both areas they calculated how the children's chances of survival changed when a stepmother moved in.
In Krummhorn children from a father's first marriage died more often before the age of 15 if a stepmother moved in.
A stepmother thought one trip was so inadequate she sent an outlining why.
Two years into my own life as a stepmother, the only thing I have found more disappointing than this statement is the discovery of the truth that resides within it.
The reality about being a stepmother is that it's not easy, and it can be just as frightening for the person stepping into the role as it is for the child involved.
One case involved a patient who became a stepmother after marrying a man with a young daughter.
Lucy gains two bratty stepsisters and a stepmother she isn't wild about--plus a new school with romantic complications.
In a fragmented narration, back and forth in time, we learn just how disturbed Aimee was, tormented by a stepmother, an evangelical preacher who was molesting Aimee.
The heroine--danced by the exquisite Sarah Wildor, on loan from London's Royal Ballet--is a dreamy, kindhearted, bespectacled slavey in a household teeming with Bright Young Things and hints of pansexual pastimes, all under the thumb of a socialclimbing gorgon of a stepmother. And Cinderella's prince has become Harry, a shell-shocked Royal Air Force pilot who stumbles into her house during a blackout and emerges clutching one of the jeweled pumps that Cinderella has temporarily pinched from the stepmother.
No woman dreams of becoming a stepmother, but that parental role is becoming a reality for an increasing number of women like Stevens.
With the escalating divorce rate and more than two-thirds of divorced or widowed individuals choosing to remarry, the number of families with either a stepmother or stepfather is rapidly increasing.