Learn to value what you value, and teach your kids to do the same.
Why do I get so stressed out from packing? Well the surface reason is that we’ve had so many ‘bad’ experiences with the nice things we buy getting ruined or lost, so now my first reaction is to go on the defensive, feeling angry that our stuff isn’t respected and cared for, feeling helpless like there’s nothing I can do to control what happens with the stuff when I’m not there, and feeling guilty for keeping their ‘nicer’ clothes and accessories at our place, and sending them off with the more used stuff.
The truth is that I feel like what I want and what’s important to me doesn’t matter.
I feel like my own values and the way I want to live and be in my family doesn’t matter. What I do doesn’t matter. And why do I feel this way? Because I put my time, energy and money into something that matters to me, but that 'something' that matters to me isn’t appreciated or respected by others.
Dealing with picky-eaters, different tastes, and comparisons to biomom's cooking
Being a stepmom is one of the most difficult parenting roles to take on in a blended family.
Despite the negative hype, it’s possible to make it work. Studies are beginning to shine a light on positive strategies to increase success as a stepmom in your blended family. Here is a summary of 11 research-based facts on stepmoms and some implications for what they mean for stepmoms trying to succeed against the odds in a blended family.