Stepfathers have as much right to the title of "dad" as biological parents.
When trying to describe our family situation to people, it becomes a jumble of words or a very funny looking diagram written out on a napkin.
Just give it time.
"When do I call myself a stepmom?" "When do I show up for events?" "When do I get involved in logistics and planning?" When do I... when do I... when do I? Questions that all went unanswered, as I had nobody to ask. Without fail, one of the big ones came up each year up in time for Mother's Day.
Whatever past pitfalls you've experienced on Mother's Day as a biological mom or stepmom, remember that you can change it just by how you choose to think about it. We create our own reality. We all matter in our child(ren)'s life.
Your children need to know they are front and centre in both your lives. Sending this message of undivided love begins with
Everyone's a little shaky after their divorce. So many questions and doubts come into play, adjusting to life without a spouse and then learning to let someone new in. The holidays can be a rough time for many moms, dads and stepparents as well.
"A kid can have two moms because in my eyes the more people that love her I'm happy!"
Your child’s psychological needs are greatly increased during and after divorce.
It is not uncommon for people to have more than one spouse or common-law partner in the course of their lives. Dealing with the estate of a spouse or the division of assets after a breakdown of marriage illustrates how building a common life as a married couple creates legal entitlements and obligations.