When Stepmoms Clean Up Messes They Didn’t Create

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As stepmoms, we're sometimes left to clean up a mess created by others, a mess we didn’t ask for or create.

We’re not recognized or appreciated for the sacrifices we make. Here's what I want you to know –  in the end, we make a huge difference to those on the receiving end of our care.

How often have you put aside your personal interests and your time to nurture your marriage only to spend it consoling your stepchild because their other parent didn't show up when they were supposed to, made promises they didn't keep, or show no interest at all in what their child is doing? Times when you thought you were helping your stepchild only to realize they blamed you for their unhappiness and unease.

You're tagged as evil, crazy, overly demanding, unreasonable. You do your best only to be criticized or judged.

Here's the thing. Relationships change. They're filled with moments of joy and pain, happiness and sadness. They ebb and flow.

Nothing lasts forever and neither will these challenging times. It may take a few weeks, months and maybe years before you get any kind of appreciate for all you've done. And it may only be short lived.

Focus instead on knowing that you're doing the best you can, with the best intentions you have. Know in your heart you're doing what’s right rather than what’s easy. And notice those moments in your stepchild’s life when you can identify you had a positive impact in who they are today.

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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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