heard it a thousand times—being a stepmom is hard work.
know what? Just being a mom is hard
a stepmom can bring its own set of unique challenges like tumultuous
relationships with your stepchildren’s mother, battling custody arrangements in
front of a judge, and watching your husband cry on Christmas Eve because he
misses his kids. It’s tough, but I’m here to tell you, honestly, that the basic
“warnings” everyone gave me are the same ones they should give a brand new mom.
have biological children of my own yet, but I love my two stepchildren like
they are my very own. If I take the "step" out of "stepmom," and focus on how hard it is just
to be a mom, it is the
hardest job I’ll ever have. Period.
Who doesn’t sometimes feel like they want to quit the hardest, most thankless job in the world?
Taking care of kids is not for the faint of heart. Raising them to be good, productive members of society while your heart is literally breaking (because who wants to send them out into society?) is hard. Feeling like your heart is walking outside of your body, constantly worried about another human being (or two, or three or more) before you even think of yourself is hard. It’s second nature, sure, but it’s hard.
It is the
most thankless role I’ll ever take. While they tell me “thank you” for pouring
their milk, are they going to remember all of the other little things I do for
them? Starting baths, fixing dinner, making lunches, washing clothes, packing
picnics, throwing birthday parties, wiping their snotty noses, cleaning up
their accidents, scrubbing their bed sheets at midnight thanks to the flu? All
of those things are part of being a parent, and it means I have to do them, no
matter what. Kids will drain you of your resources without a second thought,
but it’s OK. You want them to need
you. And you know what? It really doesn’t matter if you get applause every
days where I feel like I want to quit. There are days where I want to soak into
a hot bath without someone coming in to ask me to get out and find her lion
cub. There are days where I’d like to eat lunch without constantly reminding
someone to chew with his mouth closed. There are days where every punishment,
every time-out, every lecture has done absolutely nothing and I just want to cry because I have no idea what else to
Who doesn’t sometimes feel like
they want to quit the hardest, most thankless job in the world?
stepmom has prepared me for being a mother in the best possible way, but not in
the way people would think. Sure, my patience has tripled, I’ve already learned
how fast these days go and how hard it is to preserve them. But being a
stepmom, the hardest, most thankless job I’ll ever want to quit, has taught me
that being a mom isn’t any easier.