The demographic reality--there are now more stepfamilies than first families in the U.
six years into marrying a man with kids from a previous partnership, one fact hit me square in the forehead: over and over, people with stepparents who heard about my project let me know that they liked their stepdads just fine.
In fact, in many cases, they loved them, even considered them "another dad." It was their stepmoms who were the problem, they insisted.
They were serious for about six months but broke up while my mom was still pregnant with me. I think my mom’s psychological problems meant the relationship never really worked out.
She has bipolar disorder and some other mental health issues.
Barbara is off to have dinner with the guy, and Norma decides not to go on the trip with her husband, but to stay home and try to get the older guy to stop seeing Barbara. Devious step-daughter Barbara tells Norma that if she leaves immediately and never returns, she won't tell the cops that Norma killed the guy.
When Barbara gets to the older guy's apartment for dinner with him, she discovers the guy dead on the floor in front of the fireplace, and oops . So Norma agrees, but goes straight back to uncle Mac's house to ask for help.
As one woman in her thirties told me, "I know it's not about me, because I love my stepdad. My stepmother on the other hand--I can't stand her." This theme--nice stepdad, "horrible" stepmom--was remarkably common, as was the tendency to consider a stepfather "another parent" but a stepmother more like "my father's wife," even when the relationship between the stepchild of any age and the stepmother was good.
Most notable--and sad--was the marked frequency of strained relations between stepdaughters and stepmothers.
They might take their mothers for granted, but not you. When she’s in your company, your daughter tries harder to excel. Boyfriends, brothers, even husbands can’t shape her character the way you do.
You will influence her entire life because she gives you an authority she gives no other man.
I always enjoy a good murder mystery, especially if the plot is convoluted but logical. As our thriller opens, retired actress Norma Lawry is visiting her uncle, a noted blind detective, Mac, played by the lovable character actor Edward Arnold.