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Back-to-School Time stirs up the additional stress of your role in your stepkid's school life. How do you know when you're doing too much? Too little? The most important thing is to make sure that whatever you're doing, you're doing it for the right reasons - kids sense when someone’s not being real.
Stepmoms, we can’t always show up. We can’t be everything to everyone all the time. We may be hindered because we have other children to take care of. We might just need to show up for ourselves, taking time to breathe now and then. In reality, we want permission to know that we’re still investing in our stepkids’ lives even if we’re not present for each and every activity. And we need to trust that our investments still matter.
You’re an unwitting accomplice to codependency if ANY of the following statements holds true: - You’ve given and given to your stepkids—helped with homework, cooked, cleaned, driven them around—yet feel as if they don’t appreciate it. - You’ve noticed that even your partner seems to take your efforts for granted. - You’ve begun to feel exhausted, frustrated and resentful as a result. - You’ve experienced all three of these. Mary T. Kelly, MA explains what you need to do inside the August 2022
"If you consider yourselves empty nesters, your children are likely 18 or older. That means they’re adults! While big kids can sometimes incite or raise bigger issues, it’s important to remember that those issues now belong to these young adults. Rescuing then leads to repeat failure. And who wants that?"
"Even after 18 years of marriage to a divorced dad and nearly 14 years at the helm of StepMom Magazine, I’m still learning by constantly asking where I have room to grow: 'Where’s the CAN-I moment?' I guess it’s what makes the first day of each month my favorite time here at the magazine..." Continue reading this article in our August 2022 issue.