Things I wish someone told me before I became a Stepmom…
I always thought the term stepparent comes from the fact that you as ‘step-in’ as parent. The word actually comes from the 8th century word ‘steop-’, which means orphan.
Our kids have never been orphans and I like my interpretation of the word a lot more. I hate the word stepmom, mostly because of all the negative connotations that the word have. In our house we talk about the Other Mom. If I have to speak to someone I always refer to myself as the ‘Other Mom.’ So much so that The Littlest Mouse used to ask why she only has one mom. ‘Other Mom’ or ‘Stepmom’, we are all just doing the best we can.
If I could go back in time and tell my naive, younger self what to expect there is a few things I would warn her about being a stepmom. I love being a mom and I love all my children but there is some things about being a stepmom that you never even think about before it applies to you.
1) Disney hates you