You all probably know Ella already, she's quite the youtube star and budding personality. Anyhoo back to the main reason of my post.......step parenting!. Firstly i can tell you it's not easy and to be honest i didn't ever expect it to be. One of the reasons is what role do you actually play in your step childs life? how are you supposed to discipline or lay ground rules for a child who already has a mum and dad to do that?. And also in our situation the impending arrival of baby Zach and will that affect our group dynamic...? Firstly what role..this is tricky as Ella has her parents already and has equal time with both so my role is more one of her friend but always encourge her to be doing the right things, and kinda take a back seat if im honest as there is already a parenting team in place. I know this is going to be so much more difficult when the baby comes and i'll be responsible for him...i'm hoping its a smooth transition!eek. Fortunately we have been really lucky so far and Ella is a generally well behaved kid who's very intelligent and we get on well and have a good relationship, infact she often gets up early to watch UFC on weekends while we leave mummy to have a lie in!lol. I'm no expert on step parenting by any means but in conclusion, it can sometimes be hard but more than worth it..