The Younger Stepmom: Strategies for Women Partnered With Older Men by Brenda Snyder, LCSW
As if being a stepmom wasn’t hard enough, many stepcouples face another challenge—an age gap. And, while none of us is immune to the unflattering stereotypes heaped onto stepmoms (i.e., tramp, gold digger, trophy wife and evil homewrecker), those slurs are often hurled more harshly at younger women who partner with older men.
Those stereotypes don’t even hint at the fact that we love and are committed to our partners (be they young, old or somewhere in between). That level of public ignorance leaves couples with age gaps—who already face glaring obstacles and, as you’ll soon read, potentially dismal odds—at an even greater disadvantage on their way to a peaceful coexistence.
Yet, thanks to the awe-inspiring, superwoman qualities stepmoms bring to the job every single day, they can overcome those obstacles and beat the odds. Together! …To read the rest of this article log in to your account and download the March 2016 issue. Don’t have an account? Click here to subscribe.