Text 8. Living with Stepparents
When two people get married, they expect to stay together forever. But sometimes people's feelings change over time, even when they have children together whom they both love. A couple might realize that they would be happier apart than they are together, and so they choose to get divorced. This is never an easy decision.
Divorce can be painful for parents, but eventually, each person involved starts to feel well again. A divorced parent may even meet someone new he or she would like to live with or marry.
Sometimes spouses (=a husband or wife) die and husbands or wives are forced to start over. Despite all the pain of losing someone they love, in time, they might find people they want to share their lives with again.
If a kid's mom and dad never married, just the mom or just the dad might be the only parent in the kid's life. Someday, that mom or dad might decide to marry someone else.
When this happens, a new family is created. A new husband or wife for your parent means a new stepparent for you. It's normal to be sad and scared as your family changes and it may take some time to get adjusted to your new family situation. to adjust = to change in order to work or do better in a new situation ▪ Going to a new school can be difficult, but the kids will eventually adjust. — often + to ▪ The kids will eventually adjust to the new school. ▪ Our eyes gradually adjusted to the darkness of the cave. ▪ It's hard to adjust to the idea that she's gone.
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