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Feeling Unappreciated on Mother's Day as a StepMom?
Here's How to Celebrate Yourself and Your Role

It's Mother's Day this weekend, and while it's a time to celebrate moms everywhere, it can be challenging if you're a stepmom. I get it. It can be an arduous day for you if you feel unappreciated and alone if you're not receiving recognition or validation from your stepchildren or spouse. You might feel like you're constantly walking a tightrope, trying to balance the needs of your stepchildren to be with their mom with your feelings of self-worth and appreciation.

I just want to say to you – I see you and I hear you!

My very first Mother’s Day with my then boyfriend was a disaster. Three decades later, it’s so very different and rewarding. Listen to my podcast episode about my first Mother’s Day here.

Acknowledge Your Feelings

If you're feeling sad or alone on Mother's Day, take some time to acknowledge your feelings and practice self-care. You don't have to pretend like everything is okay. It's okay to feel sad, disappointed, or frustrated.

But it's also important to remember that your role as a stepmom is valuable and important. Even if your stepchildren don't always express their appreciation or gratitude, know that you are making a positive impact on their lives.

Make Yourself Happy

One way to celebrate yourself on Mother's Day is to do something that makes you happy. Whether going for a walk, indulging in your favorite treat, or watching your favorite movie, take some time to focus on your needs and desires. Remember, taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your stepchildren.

Your Unique Role

Take a moment to acknowledge your unique role in your stepchildren's lives. You may not have given birth to them, but you're still an influential caregiver and role model for them. Reflect on the ways that you've made a positive impact on their lives, and celebrate the love and care that you bring to your family.

Express Yourself

It's also fundamental to seek support and validation from others, whether it's your partner, a friend, or a therapist. Don't be afraid to express your feelings and concerns and to seek out a community of other stepmoms who can relate to your experiences. You deserve to feel supported and appreciated for your hard work.

Remember, being a stepmom is hard work but can be rewarding with time. You may not receive a card or a gift on Mother's Day but know that you are appreciated and valued in your way.

Share with us in the comments below how you plan to spend Mother's Day and what you'll be doing for yourself.

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About the Author

CLAUDETTE CHENEVERT, aka The Stepmom Coach, works with women as they struggle to create a cohesive family life. As a speaker, author and stepfamily professional, Claudette mentors and guides stepmothers through the process of establishing a harmonious and thriving home life for their families. Her newest title, “The Stepmom’s Book of Boundaries,” is now available on Amazon.com and elsewhere. Learn about her coaching practice and self-study program for stepmoms at StepmomCoach.com.

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