From Cinderalla to Snow White, the mantel of wicked stepmother is notoriously difficult to shift. But what is it like to be on the opposite side of the step-family scales? How does a mother manage to share her children with another woman?
This summer I interviewed a woman who made a conscious decision to make friends with the stepmother to her three children to help them overcome their anxieties about living across two homes. She spoke about how she overcame feelings of jealousy and rivalry for the sake of the children.
An estimated one in three families in the UK are now step families and these blended families are taking on more and more unusual shapes.