Jumping onto the Moving Train of Step-Parenting

Originally posted by Larkin on the Estuary blog October 2, 2013.

Blended families.  Marrying into a family with children is a big step.

Being a stepparent is an opportunity for blessings and confusion. I feel it is a gift to enter into someone else’s family– like the prize inside that comes with a marriage certificate. However, as I enter my insta-family, I realize my dreams about family fly out the window–like gently tossed brick. Surprise! I have entered another family’s fully operating system. Apparently, applying my own template of family is absurd. Once I get over the whiplash of this realization, I have to figure out how to hop on what is essentially a moving train. Bull riding would have been the perfect training!

It turns out the best tools of survival are those I have always used for self esteem–my hobbies, work, and date night with my husband. Yea! I am thrilled to have justification for self care! Otherwise, I would feel like a Medusa-haired woman on a gerbil wheel trying to catch up with my illusive perfect step-parenting goals.

StepChildworkshopJoin Larkin at the Estuary on Tuesday, February 24 @ 5:30 p.m. Call to join the session 615-945-8950.

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