To many children, step-dads are often initially viewed as an enemy. The one who does not belong. It is estimated that nearly half of American children will grow up with step-parents. And while the beginning may be rocky, through a little time, effort and communication step-dads and step-children can build great relationships with one another. The following resources will help you get started. 

It’s Tough Being a Step-Dad, Study Confirms
From MSNBC – February 2008

Parentline Plus – UK: Stepfamilies
If you have recently become part of a stepfamily, whether you are the stepparents or have brought a new partner into your children’s lives, you will know that it takes time to build a new family. New relationships need to develop and existing ones have to feel secure again. But children often find it easier to adapt to new lifestyles and with time and effort it’s possible for the new stepmother or stepfather, together with the new living arrangements, to feel completely natural to them.

What We Can All Learn from Step-Dads
From the National Center for Fathering

Steps in the right direction: Your child’s other father (PDF)
Written by the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, this information sheet discusses the positive impact stepfathers can have on children and how a parenting partnership with the other father can benefit children. Biological fathers are urged to communicate with stepfathers, work together on school and homework issues, and take a genuine interest in their children.

National Stepfamily Resource Center

The National Stepfamily Resource Center (NSRC) is a division of Auburn University’s Center for Children, Youth, and Families. The National Stepfamily Resource Center’s primary objective is serving as a clearinghouse of information, linking family science research on stepfamilies and best practices in work with couples and children in stepfamilies.