Hello. I came across this Board and thought it might be a good place for advice from people in similar situations. I've been in a relationship with a guy for 4 years. He's never been married and has no kids. I'm a single Mom of an 8 year old boy. My boyfriend is detached and distant when it comes to my son. There's little to no interaction even though I've talked to him about it numerous times. He is like a stranger in some ways to my son. I have kept thinking this will change over time but it hasn't. I've read so many different opinions on stepfamilies and step parent roles. Some say your expectations have to be pretty low - they're not going to bond the way they would with a bio parent. That in reality, many step parents are detached and this is how it is. Are my expectations for a relationship unrealistic? I never use to think so but lately I've been discouraged to hear that they might be. My son is now starting to say that he does not like my boyfriend. That he's boring and never talks. I've tried planning fun activities many times. My boyfriend attends or comes along, but does not talk/interact and honestly it makes the whole thing less fun for me and my son. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!