10/09/2012 04:50 pm ET

Stepparent Mistakes - Being A Stepmom

Being a stepparent just may be the hardest familial role to play—and no matter how hard you try, there’s no guarantee of creating one big, happy Brady-Bunch-ish family. “Stepparenting is a delicate dance,” says clinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula, PhD. “It’s all about communicating and understanding that blended families can have complicated dynamics.” Here are nine of the most common stepparent missteps and expert advice on how to bounce back from them.

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