As stepmoms, we are sometimes left to clean up a mess created by others, a mess we didn’t ask for or create.
We’re not always recognized or appreciated for the sacrifices we make – but in the end, know that we render a huge difference to those on the receiving end of your care.
How often have you put aside your personal interests, your time to nurture your marriage only to spend it consoling your stepchild because their other parent didn’t show up when they were supposed to, made promises they didn’t keep, or show no interest at all in what their child is doing?
Times when you thought you were helping your stepchild only to realize they blamed you for their unhappiness and unease.
You are tagged as evil, crazy, overly demanding, unreasonable. You do your best only to be criticized or judged.
Here’s the thing. Relationships change. They are filled with moments of joy and pain, happiness and sadness. They ebb and flow.
Nothing lasts forever and neither will these challenging times. It may take a few weeks, months and maybe years before you get any kind of appreciate for all you’ve done. And it may only be short lived.
Focus instead in knowing that you are doing the best you can, with the best intentions you have. Know in your heart you are doing what’s right rather than what’s easy. And notice those moments in your stepchild’s life when you can identify you had a positive impact in who they are today.
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