Being a mom is hard. Being a stepmom is hard. When we are all in this together and we make it about the kids and not us, everyone wins.
I witnessed a beautiful climax to a lifetime of selfless co-parenting when my Mother and Stepmother sat alongside one another helping my Dad in the hospital while he was on his deathbed. It was a beautiful reflection of the way my Mom modeled parenting my entire life. We didn’t know a lot about their issues, we just knew we were loved. In the end, this was everything to everyone.
Now I am a stepparent, and I am able to choose the same.
And then when my stepkids’ mom became a stepparent, she chose to do the same. And a cycle of love continues. And that how it’s done.
Love. It always wins.
PS...This message was from my kids stepmom this morning. It felt so nice to hear this. Words go a long way. If you can share them with someone, please do.