Hi, Tig...I'm not a step-parent yet, just an adoptive parent, but I still get "you're not my real mom" and "if dad were still alive it would be different". I am close with a wonderful guy that I am hoping will propose within the next year...(long story)and I do have a relationship of sorts with his children. They all live far away, so it's not the same. I'm assuming your step-daughter lives with you at least part of the time. You do have a right to "make rules" when she is there...it's your house. But I understand about the fine line between establishing boundaries and trying to have a positive influence that might not be welcomed. I've had to learn to not offer advice except when it's asked for, but it's a different situation.Maybe the best you can do is lead by example and hope that if she feels she's in over her head she'll feel freer to come to you.Thoughtfully, Sock
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