I have been a single mom for most of my daughters’ lives, and there are a lot of things I’ve done when I only had 50 bucks in spending money a month.
He treats and loves the girls as if they were his own, but respects boundaries, knowing he is a father figure, but not their father.
At their worst single moms are associated with welfare, unkempt and unruly kids. The single mother is just keeping it together, just scraping by.
Regardless, it’s important to remember that stepparents are a type of parent, too—many, if not most, of us are engaged fully with the children in our lives.