The Stepmom Step Back: Inside the June 2016 Issue

Stepmom Step Back
Inside the June 2016 Issue

Stepmoms Who Disengage: How to Step Back Without Stepping on Toes by Brenda Snyder, LCSW

So, here you find yourself: You—a bright and articulate woman—have suddenly realized that whatever it is you’ve been doing to make this stepmom gig work hasn’t worked at all. In response, you examined your loving heart and reassessed your intentions to be sure they were pure.

Still, you’re met with hostility or, somehow even worse, apathy.

This then caused you to redouble your efforts, which left you exhausted and frustrated. The more you tried, the more you hated the results. So, you decided to find out what the experts had to say. You read some books, talked to experienced stepmoms and maybe even found a competent stepfamily therapist.

Yet, their advice started to take on a noticeable pattern. You realized that maybe you were trying too hard. Maybe, in order to be a good stepmom, you needed to step back. So, you launched an experiment. You found the word no. You practiced saying, “That’s up to your dad.” You rejoined Girls’ Margarita Night, despite the fact that your stepteen was playing her 316th softball game of the season that very same night.

To your amazement, your husband got pissed and flipped out. He accused you of not wanting to be a part of the family. This wasn’t what you expected. You thought you were doing the right thing. You were dumbfounded. Devastated.

What, you’re thinking, do I do now? Learn how to do the stepmom step back.

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2 thoughts on “The Stepmom Step Back: Inside the June 2016 Issue”

  1. I’m looking for hopefully a free way to ask someone , anyone really that’s not related or possibly has psychology knowledge enough to tell me the damage I’ve done with what I thot would just help only for it to backfire in my face and to be thrown under a bus so to speak 😭 to the point where my grandchildren that I raised for five years have been kept away from me and are being brainwashed pretty much because their mother is talking with them about things she should not…. in hopes to just make them hate me I guess around assuming I don’t know what other logical reason she could have not that’s very logical, but I am at my wits end with it and I don’t know what to do anymore.! so any insight or help or person you can appointment you would be helpful. I do not have any money, so really I need something free if it’s not possible just let me know please. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this…

  2. I found that I couldn’t please anyone. I couldn’t make the right decisions for the children, the bio mom, my husbands family and most importantly I started letting my own children down. So I backed off. The drama stopped. There was no longer a “reason” to pick a fight with me. Now it’s turned into “well, you just don’t care” so I’ve learned that I cannot win. When I try my best, they hate it. When I am quiet, they hate it. They all hate me so I’ve decided to love my husband and my children with all my heart and nothing else. I cannot please anyone else anymore.

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