This reminded me of a time when I went to a little seminar like event and there was a speaker there and she was talking about all of these parenting issues and giving advice, and towards the end of the speech she revealed that she did not have children. It was pretty alarming to everyone, but afterwards it took nothing away from the tips that she gave. I thought that was a nice little anecdote to apply here. Thanks for sharing.
I think making time to bond with the child can really help. Get to know the child, know what they like, don’t like, what upsets them, what makes them happy, etc.. Remind youself that thats a child, and they are looking up to you as their mother. Do things for that child, that you would do with your own child. With time and patients, and bonding, I think its possible to love a child that is not biologically yours.
I think as long as you treat them with the same love, dignity and respect you would give to a child that is your own, and you raise them with love and care, take the time to get to know and bond with them, and, if they are an older child who will be aware of the situation, let them know that you are not trying to replace their biological parents, but are still going to do your best to be a role model and to care for them and make sure they are loved, you can’t go wrong