Rules Without Relationship
About the Guest
Where does that leave a foster parent, an adoptive parent, or stepparent? You can have authority without a bonded relationship. But it has limits. A police officer can pull you over, a boss or coach or a teacher can tell you what to do, but people don't obey these authorities out of love. That's why it's critical a new stepparent know their limits. Focus on bonding with kids and work with the biological parent on setting the household rules. Stand together and you can enforce those rules.
Well, the old adage is true: Rules without relationship leads to rebellion.