"I wish I would have known the “Disney Stereotype” of the Evil StepMother. Hollywood has totally made sure to frame us as wicked and manipulative, but I as well as others are more than happy to demolish that stereotype!
I wish I would have realized that respect isn’t given and even if it is earned, some will still refuse to be respectful.
Over the past few months I've had the absolute pleasure of connecting with Kate Chapman of This Life In Progress. She hosts an online community for divorced parents and blended families. I'm willing to bet her blog posts have graced your newsfeed over the past few months, as her pieces have been widely featured on The Huffington Post, Red Tricycle and other popular blogging websites. I interviewed Kate about a month ago, and have been waiting for the perfect time to share this with you. Kate's real and honest, yet positive perspective on blended family life is beyond refreshing, and is exactly that this community needs!
I recently interviewed Angie for my Monthly Stepmom Feature, and again I was inspired by what she had to say. Just like her in Keynote Speech, she was positive yet she didn't sugarcoat anything!
But something simple my grandmother always used to say has become my life-mantra. “This too shall pass.” I think of it during the tough times (in step-parenting, especially) - but I also think of it in the beautiful times. We are promised nothing - and nothing stays the same forever: the good or the bad. So cherish the fleeting good moments - and barrel through the bad ones. They both shall pass.
Jessica's intro on her blog, Better off Blended, says "if you love things like coffee, wine and kicking ass at life, then we are pretty much instant friends" ... so naturally we connected right away!
Today, as apart of my monthly stepmom feature, I want to introduce you to one of the first virtual stepmom friends I made, Colleen LeMaire. Not only is Colleen an incredible stepmom, she is a former blogger for About.com's Stepmom Section, and the Author of the "I Have Series", kid friendly stories on grown up topics! Colleen refers to her stories as "fairytales with a twist!" (I LOVE THAT!)
I've made it no secret that when I first found myself deep in the trenches of step-parenting, I was disappointed with the lack of positive stepmom bloggers out there.