Shared parenting can be a tricky road to navigate.  Being a stepparent makes it even trickier.  It is oftentimes described as a thankless role, where love must comply with boundaries set by others.  Today’s blended families are typically fraught with many challenges.  The story below speaks to each one of these issues and highlights the significance of placing your child first.  Shared parenting extends well beyond a child’s 18th birthday and forever impacts all families involved.  It’s never too late to acknowledge and embrace those who are important in your child’s life, for that is truly the essence of all that is love.