Stepmother

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Stepmother

 

a mother to her husband’s children from a previous marriage, not their natural mother. According to Soviet law, a stepmother must support her under-age stepchildren if they are under her guardianship and have no parents or if they cannot obtain sufficient support from their parents. In turn, the stepchildren must support their stepmother when she is disabled or in need of help, if she raised and supported them.

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Stepfamily researchers report that although stepparents, specifically stepmothers take too much responsibility of care and nurturance of stepchildren even more than their biological parents yet children do not welcome step parental extra care and perceive it as undesirable favor (Cartwright, 2010; Ferri and Smith, 1996).
"The societal concept of the stepmother has lead investigators to make the stepmother the suspect in this crime without completing the investigations or looking into the possibility of other suspects," he told the judge.
Two target groups of pregnant women: - women of childbearing age and pregnant women - members of the family and community that influence supply decisions and behaviors in pregnant women and age childbearing (husbands, grandmothers, stepmothers, and community and local and religious authorities).
For both areas they calculated how the children's chances of survival changed when a stepmother moved in.
On what should have been the happiest day of young Suzanne Ashman's life, her stepmother Sian was busy letting it be known that she was "flabbergasted" that she'd been banned from her wedding ceremony.
The heroes of Bukusu tales are farmers, shepherds, stepmothers, husbands, orphans, ironsmiths, hunters, neglected wives, scheming stepmothers, shepherds, and barren women--ordinary people from all walks of life.
Love's care conquers wicked stepmothers" (quid plura canam?
Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do
oThis provision is the direct cause of making many children vulnerable to mistreatment by their stepmothers after they come under the responsibility of their fathers,o he said, calling for a return to the previous practice of granting custody to the grandmother.
Research shows that stepmothers, in comparison to stepfathers, have more problems integrating into the family system, partly because they have more difficulties in fulfilling their roles (Hetherington & Stanley-Hagan, 1995; Johnson et al., 2008).
Three students who have been sent off to boarding school because of wicked stepmothers join together, calling themselves The Poison Apples in an attempt to turn the tables on the aforementioned stepmothers.
You can blame Cinderella or the bad reputation hat surrounds stepmothers. The reality about being a stepmother is that it's not easy, and it can be just as frightening for the person stepping into the role as it is for the child involved.