We are now seeing a softer side to the Bonnie and Clyde-like romance between heiress, Paris Hilton, and nightclub tycoon, Cy Waits. RadarOnline reports that Hilton has become  a stand-in mother of sorts to Waits’ seven-year-old daughter, Shea, from a previous relationship.  This baby mama drama is a far cry from when Hilton and Waits made headlines in August.  Waits was arrested for drunk driving and Hilton for possession of cocaine on the same night.  Perhaps this couple is turning over a new leaf!  Though not officially a step-mom, Hilton previously stated, “I look after animals, so I’d have a lot to give my kids.”

Can having a connection with your partner’s children make your relationship stronger?

Cupid’s Advice:

You can’t trust just anyone to raise your child, but you must eventually trust your partner with your children if want the relationship to grow.  Cupid has some things to consider:

1. Part of the family: When a relationship where children are involved starts to get serious, the significant other usually becomes an honorary family member, making appearances at birthday parties and Thanksgiving.  Being invited to these occasions is the first step in becoming a permanent part of a child’s life.

2. The baby connection: Sharing the ups and downs of raising a child as couple is a great way for you to bond with both your partner and their kids.  By connecting this way, you can get a feel for who your partner really is and what his or her daily life is truly like.

3. Parenting is hard work: Kids may seem cute at first, but don’t be fooled.  Nights on the couch waiting cartoons may be replacing your nights on the town if you choose to be with someone with children.  Be prepared!