"In the classic fairytale, Cinderella's nasty stepmother treats her like a lowly servant, all the while showering rewards and affection on her two evil daughters. Sadly, the real world resembles the cruel fairytale."
"Children living with a stepparent are 40 times more likely to suffer physical abuse than those living with two genetic parents, with much of the abuse coming from the stepparent. Even more shocking are the data on homicides. Although murders of small children are rare, children living with a stepparent are 40 to 100 times more likely to be killed!" Kenrick and Griskevicius, "The Rational Animal"
1. Why do divorcees pick such assholes for spouses?
2. Why doesn't the genetic parent protect the kid from the stepparent?
3. What can be done and what should be done to remedy the problem?