Even if you have no idea what you are doing, you will learn. You will learn that it is OK to ask for help from the very individuals you are leading. You will recognize the importance of a strong and loving marriage with trust, friendship and common goals as its foundation. Together you will seek the balance of being a devoted couple and a caring family.
Of course you will pay attention to the needs of your household, but equally as important is to acknowledge your own. Caring for your body, mind and soul will honor your own worth. Try to avoid beating yourself up over the errors of good intentions. They are inevitable. If your best effort results in something other than planned, do not let guilt be the surviving emotion. It will crush your spirit and replace it with irrational fears. Remember…a few bad decisions are part of every well-lived life and they actually play a big part in honing our intuitive skills.
There is a lot of advice out there for stepmoms. Resources such as books, therapists and support groups can be accessed with ease. Friends, family members and co-workers are generally willing to contribute, as well. I would recommend you listen and evaluate everything, then dismiss or embrace according to your own circumstances and wisdom. I can assure you that there is no patented method for success but when all else fails please try love, respect, encouragement, compassion, mercy and forgiveness.
You have been called to a position of huge proportion and responsibility in this new family structure. All eyes, ears and hearts will be set on you and it’s safe to say it won’t be perfect or instantly lovely. But the future is yours to hope and dream. Temper those dreams with healthy expectations; use your authority and position wisely, and it is yours to create.
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