Step-parenting. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear that term? Cinderella and her wicked step-mother and step-sisters? That was the direction my mind used to go. Now that I have been a step-mother for close to a decade, that term means a lot more.
I now think about all the things a mother thinks about her children. Am I screwing them up? Did they leave their wet towels on the floor? Did they do their homework? Am I being too hard on them? Too soft? But when you’re the step-parent every one of those questions has a hundred more questions behind it. Every decision you make is questioned and then questioned and then questioned again. By the kids themselves, the other parent at the other house, the parent you yourself are married to, and everyone looking outside in.
This particular set of blogs, Adventures in STEP-Parenting, is all about these good times and bad. To let someone out there know we are a special breed and are not alone. Step-parenting is the hardest thing I have ever done and would like to offer support to anyone out there giving it what they can.