In the same way as he
There are times when you simply can’t connect with a person, no matter how much effort you put forward. This holds true whether you’re working with youngsters or adults. There is no animosity between this stepparent and the child in this scenario, but she doesn’t really care for him either.
It may be tough for the kid to deal with the absence of physical acts of love and nice words, but at least the step-parent takes care of them in the best manner possible.