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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Affirming You in Your Role as a Childless Stepmom

I'm not a childless stepmom. But I have the utmost respect for those of you who are.

For many years, I didn't give much thought to what it would feel like to be a childless stepmom. But after talking to several of you and watching how you do life, I realize the ultimate sacrifice you make as a stepmom without children of your own.

We know that a stepmom doesn't get to experience the "firsts" of a biological mom. The first one to have a child with your husband. The first one to experience parenting with your spouse and your baby. The first one to make any kind of a decision regarding that child and a host of decisions later.

But a childless stepmom never gets to experience those events or realize the joy of having a biological child, even if it's from a previous relationship.

Many childless stepmoms I've spoken with are not childless by choice. Infertility plays a role all too often. And the roller coaster of trying to conceive takes a heavy toll every time.

If you're struggling with infertility or any kind of extended wait, you might find comfort from a devotion posted by Tracies Mills with Proverbs 31 Ministries, titled "Waiting for God's Best." It speaks of the 20 year wait Isaac endured before his wife, Rebekah, gave birth to their twins (Genesis 25:26). Waiting is hard. And waiting without answers can be unbearable.

A childless stepmom faces different challenges than a stepmom with her own children. She is misunderstood by the parenting community and perhaps not even accepted by other moms. She endures the same parenting challenges but receives little reward for her efforts.

So if you're a childless stepmom, I affirm you in your role. God bless you in your efforts to make a difference in your stepchildren's lives. And although others may not appreciate or recognize the important role you play, you can be assured that you, as a stepmom, have value.

Are you struggling in your role as a childless stepmom? Do you need to reach out to other stepmoms?  Will you share how you cope with the challenges you encounter?

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At November 10, 2011 at 4:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a childless stepmom. My husband has two daughters, two different mothers. One he was married to, the other he was not. The girls are 10 years apart. It is different for me since the girls do not and have not ever lived with us. We had the oldest with us every other weekend and the other, well we didnt know where she was for the longest time - now we do and she lives in another city, but we only see her on the holidays if we are lucky. My husband and mother in law have been very supportive of me, in my role as a stepmom. It can be a lonely road sometimes in this WORLD, as the world sees a childless stepmom, the attitude. Thank God I have my faith to keep me grounded.

At November 14, 2011 at 7:39 AM , Blogger Step Parenting with Grace said...

Thank you for your comment. And yes, you are right - it can be a lonely road as a childless stepmom. But as you mentioned, your faith will help you and also the support of other stepmoms. Please join in our conversation whenever you like - I love to hear from other stepmoms on the journey.


At November 15, 2011 at 8:06 AM , Blogger Rachie-Babe said...

Oh--I wish I had read this before I posted the other day!!!


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