Fathers are very influential. They teach respect for rules, independent thinking, and their love fosters self confidence in kids. A stepfather can have this same influence but they will never get the chance if early on they're demanding or inconsiderate because the child will pull away and stay away. What can you do? Earn the right to lead a child by being trustworthy and treat their mother with respect and kindness. Represent God's love and become a powerful influence in their life.