It's time to remove the guilt and anxiety we all feel when we don't measure up to unreal expectations that we've set for ourselves! We need to stop comparing ourselves to how we think everyone else is parenting! It's time to just be real!
They say the first year of marriage is your honeymoon phase. It's supposed to be the easiest year of your marriage. I don't think that applies to second marriages or stepfamily situations. It wasn't for us at least.
After having friends with the winter blues in previous years, and then experiencing it first hand myself, I can vouch that it's the real deal. I also know that there are things you can do, to buck up and plow through
As with most things in blended family life, the key is to make the best of your situation. It's about creating a system and a mindset shift, that allows the holidays to be enjoyable for everyone... especially the kids!