Cupid's Pulse Article: LeAnn Rimes Dotes on Eddie Cibrian’s Kids at Easter DinnerCupid's Pulse Article: LeAnn Rimes Dotes on Eddie Cibrian’s Kids at Easter Dinner

LeAnn Rimes celebrated Easter in Venice, CA with hubby, Eddie Cibrian, and his two boys.  According to People, the couple looking adorable together as Rimes doted on Cibrian’s two sons.  In celebration of the Easter holiday, the happy family dined at the trendy Gjelina eatery.

What are some ways to gain the trust of your stepchildren?

Cupid’s Advice:

When it comes to getting close to stepchildren, it can be a very rocky road.  While you are a parental figure, you’re not actually a parent, which can leave a lot of uncertainty about the relationship.  It’s a difficult game, but if you play your cards right, you can form an excellent bond with your stepchildren:

1. Don’t step on any toes: Make it clear from the beginning that though you are there for them, you’re not trying to replace their parents.

2. Be patient: It takes time for children to adjust to change.  Just because they don’t warm up to you right away, doesn’t mean they never will.

3. Remain open:  Sometimes you may need to wait for the kids to open up to you on their own terms.  Let them know you are there for them and are interested in getting to know them, take a step back, and wait for them to come to you.

Can stepparents form the same bond with their stepchildren as their biological parents?  Share your thoughts below.