Holidays Reframed: A Stepmom’s Guide to Celebrating the Season By Brenda Snyder, LCSW
Getting through the holidays can be a challenge for everyone—stepmoms and stepfamilies included. Even the most seasoned stepmom may do little more than endure the last two months of the year. In some cases, experience makes us dread the holidays, as it takes so few brushes with these pages on the calendar to understand the reality of thwarted plans, hopes and dreams.
Why are holidays so tough? Many stepmoms eventually adopt the grit-your- teeth-and-endure style of survival, when it comes to getting through the holiday season.
Yet, understanding why it’s so tough and developing a few key strategies will help you get to January much more easily. So, save yourself some heartache. Address these three issues before you even think about buying a tree or lighting the menorah:
⊲ The Shoulds
⊲ The Dream
⊲ The Ex Factor