03/28/2013 07:41 pm ET

Stepparent Advice: How To Improve Your Relationship With Your Stepkids

When you marry someone with kids, it's understandable to want to win over your new stepkids quickly. But the road to a stable relationship with your spouse's children isn't always easy, especially when everyone involved seems to have an opinion on what you should -- and shouldn't -- be doing as a stepparent.

To make the situation a little less stressful for our readers, earlier this week, we asked five HuffPost Divorce experts for their best advice on creating a healthy bond with stepkids. Take a look at their great tips here.

Over on Twitter and Facebook, our stepparent readers drew on personal experience and offered their tried-and-true tips on everything from what your stepkids should call you, to the importance of building a relationship with kids before disciplining.

Click through the slideshow below to read their best advice, then email or tweet @HuffPostDivorce the three things you think stepparents need to know to cultivate a better relationship with their stepkids.

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