A Career Girl's Guide to Becoming a Stepmom: Expert Advice by Jacquelyn B. Fletcher

By Jacquelyn B. Fletcher

You have an exhilarating, enjoyable activity. you might have fallen in love with the fellow of your dreams—and met his 3 teenagers! Now what? Jacquelyn B. Fletcher indicates how any expert lady became spouse and rapid stepmother can construct at the abilities she employs at work—organization, team-building, goal-setting, and planning—to be successful at domestic in her new function as stepmom. Drawing at the most recent learn, her personal studies, and people of different real-life stepmothers, Fletcher bargains recommendation, desire, encouragement, and much-needed solutions to universal conundrums, including:

  • Why do not i've got keep an eye on over my very own schedule?
  • What type of dating do i would like with my stepkids?
  • What if i would like to have a toddler of my own?
  • How can we create the cheap that feels reasonable if I earn more money than my husband does?

A occupation Girl's advisor to turning into a Stepmom is key interpreting for the pro girl who has it all—and then without notice has greater than she expected.

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C H APT E R 2 What Is a Stepmother? Uncovering Your Expectations C A R E E R G I R L’ S P E R S O N A L A S S I S TA N T 1. Evaluate your performance. How would you describe your relationship with your stepchildren today? 2. Set benchmarks. How will you measure success? 3. Review assumptions. After observing the family you’ve joined, do you need to update your assessment of how each member is responding to this new formation? 4. Provide feedback. Can you talk to your husband and stepchildren about what it’s like to be in their family?

5. Be receptive. Can you listen to your new family and hear what they need from you? Can you let them influence you? 38 ~ A Career Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Stepmom * * * Most resources for new stepmoms advise unearthing your expectations, but how can you figure out what your expectations are until you live them? How can you find your role in your stepfamily until you share a home with the people who will help you define it? Several studies have found that one reason stepmotherhood is so difficult is the ambiguity of the role.

But she realized after she repainted the walls of the home most of her stepchildren had lived in since birth that perhaps she was pushing too hard. “The first summer together I was home with them a lot,” Heidi remembers. “I thought I would What Is a Stepmother? ~ 41 find a full-time job, but I was pretty overwhelmed. I was repainting the house, which wasn’t so great for the kids, as the family therapist later told me. The kids complained. I was so hurt, but I had destroyed all of their memories even though I had let them pick colors and involved them.

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