If I am being honest with myself, I knew when he asked to call me mom, my answer was not coming from a kind and loving place. I knew I was coming from a "you already have a mom, and you are her responsibility, not mine" type of place. And, a place of "you are too much "work" for me."
This morning I received a letter from a fan of my Facebook page named Bobbie Ann Phillips and as I read it I knew instantly this needed to be read by all of you. This is her story and its an honest account of how it feels, of what we don't expect, our fears and [...]
In the shower (where it seems my clearest thoughts prevail) I was thinking about how many people lose out when they simply don't allow, encourage or welcome a relationship with their step-children. Many times I overhear that they don't accept them due to manners, dislike for the other parents, their behaviors etc. When your family [...]
Life blows us in directions that we never see coming - or that we see the possibility of coming, but believe that they will never get that bad. Finding out you are wrong, and that it doesn't just hurt yourself but others - is a hard pill to swallow. My children have survived, managed, whatever word you [...]
There are always those painful aching parts in a movie where they touch your inner most fears or make you relive a memory that you hoped so desperately to forget. Every scene in a movie about a parents relationship with their child, gets me. It's as if the right side of my chest [...]
Earlier this week if you follow my Facebook page, you'll remember my posting about some educated and experience stepmother's in this world have very firm ideas of where the line is drawn in parenting. In The Erin Experiment, a blog post written in 2010 she writes: "Regardless of if the Bio-Mom is a [...]