Does any of this sound familiar? Some of the biggest challenges those of us who are stepparents face is lack of respect from the stepkids and little or no support from our spouse. You might feel as though the more you try, the more distant your relationship becomes. You may even start to lose respect for your spouse because he or she always takes the kids’ side and backs them up. When we start to feel unappreciated, we may think about giving up. Why invest in a marriage and a family when you aren’t appreciated?