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My Failure as a Step-Mother

The only thing my husband asked me to do was to love her. I did not know how difficult it would be to find a way to express unconditional love to a child that hated me before she ever met me. At this point in time I have failed that mission. My husband wanted me to teach her lessons that he wasn’t able to and that her mother found ‘inappropriate’. I could go on and on about how others helped…

A letter to my step-daughter

Grace, Do you remember when your father told you he had a girlfriend? I was on the phone with him at the time and he told me you didn’t like it that you made a face. I have been disrespected by you so often that I am numb. I expect you to be defiant, hurtful or rude and I am never disappointed. You have been mean. You have accused me of being mean since the day you met me because…

Mom Knows Best – Advice for sorting through all the advice

Throughout a woman’s pregnancy, she becomes the target of well-meaning friends, relatives and complete strangers’ opinions and comments. Everyone from your grandmother to the lady behind you at the grocery store has something to say about pregnancy. From gender predictions to heartburn and stretch marks everyone has myths and old wives’ tales to pass along. Eventually the pregnancy and the advice come to an end with the birth of your child. But what do you do after the baby is…