THERE is another special day for blended Central Highlands families to celebrate this Sunday – Stepmother’s day.
One Emerald stepmum is encouraging stepfamilies to participate in the day and show their appreciation for the person who helps in loving and caring for the children.
“I am a proud mother of a seven-year-old daughter and proud stepmother of a four, turning five-year-old, step-daughter,” she said.
“With the recent celebration of Mother’s Day which I thoroughly enjoyed with my biological daughter, I have to admit it was coupled with various emotions as my stepdaughter was with her mother.
“I did not feel telephoning my stepdaughter would be appropriate but it encouraged me to reach out to others that are facing the same feelings and frustrations.”
The mum is hoping to establish a stepmother discussion group in Emerald. To connect, share and support, go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
US author, social researcher and stepmum Wednesday Martin believed stepmothering remained an issue steeped in “cultural bias, ignorance and misconceptions”.
“If merely wanting to be acknowledged and thanked makes a person wicked, then stepmothers are wicked to the core,” she said.
“Mother’s Day is one of those hot button issues and feel-bad days for many women who partner with men who have kids. They may be hoping for a thank you phonecall from the child or adult for whom they’ve really put themselves out for years, even while understanding all the reasons such a call is unlikely.
“For starters, we’re not their mums. We’re not.
“Even if their mums are negligent and awful, they’re still mum and that’s a rightfully powerful bond.
“Secondly, many of these kids with stepmothers are in terrible loyalty binds, and nothing feels like more of a betrayal of mum than acknowledging us on her day.”
National Stepfamily Awareness Day is July 15.
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