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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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It becomes very difficult for the children to accept stepmother because they perceive their stepmothers as sharing partner in time and attention of real father (Bray, 1999).
But, the stepmother claims the girl, called Maya, sustained the injuries falling from her bike, and that she died because of ill treatment at hospital.
The conclusions showed that only in Krummhorn, which offered fewer opportunities for demographic growth, the stepmother had a negative influence.
In his agon with the Nurse, Hippolytus also cites the stepmother as proof, this time not of love's power, but of feminine (and human) evil: "As to stepmothers I am silent: they are a thing no gentler than wild beasts" (taceo novercas: mitius nil sunt feris, 558).
Twenty-two women, all stepmothers, fit the profile for a diagnosis of classic depression; but in addition to the usual symptoms, their depression profiles included "preoccupation with position in the family, feelings of anxiety, rejection, ineffectiveness, guilt, hostility, exhaustion and loss of self-esteem." The symptoms were so "remarkably uniform" that the doctors named their depressive illness "Cinderella's Stepmother Syndrome." The women were experiencing a particular type of burnout resulting from their attempts to maintain their marriages and care for their stepchildren while investing significant emotional energy--consciously and unconsciously--in overcompensating for the "wicked stepmother" stereotype.
Questions over the lawAEs effectiveness arose when a nine-year-old girl was abused by her stepmother last year after her custody was granted to her father and not her grandmother.
In this study, 49 stepfathers and 67 stepmothers participated.
Take a traditional English fairy tale revolving around dragons, wicked stepmothers, a prince and evil enchantment, add gorgeous paintings by David Wiesner, and retell the package for young readers with rudimentary skills and you have all the elements of a favorite book in The Loathsome Dragon.
Set in 16th-century Tuscany, Maguire take on the Snow White legend puts the lovely child Bianca under the precarious protection of the mother of all stepmothers; the cunning and beautiful Lucrezia Borgia.
She said: 'There's always problems between stepmothers - think of Cinderella, there's the wicked stepmother.'
The children, boys aged five and twelve were conceived by artificial insemination and their adopting stepmothers are the partners of their birth mothers.
There are 15 million stepmothers in the United States.
Most stepchildren would prefer to take things at their own speed and stepmothers just have to accept that.
The 12-year-old says that his stepmother doesn't pay attention to him.