Editor’s Note: Coming to terms with having to share our children and their experiences with our ex is tough enough for some, but throw a new step parent or significant other into the mix, and it can be very difficult. Our protective instincts as parents may kick into high gear, but do your children need your protection?

Not only is it our job to support our children and help make their transition easier for them, but it’s also our responsibility to encourage a positive and healthy relationship between them and this new addition to their lives. This article provides some great tips on how to handle this task and it helps identify some of the feelings that you yourself may be experiencing.