A Veteran Stepmom Speaks: Inside the January 2018 Issue

Veteran StepmomA Veteran Stepmom Speaks: What I Wish I Knew Back Then BY BRENDA SNYDER, LCSW

It’s too bad you didn’t know me 20-some years ago. In possession of a newly-minted Master’s degree, a new job and a new boyfriend (with a ready-made family), I held the reins of my life in a loose, confident grip. I was omniscient and invincible.

I dismissed experienced advice personally and, sometimes, professionally. My work supervisors’ knowledge, I thought, was dated. I wanted no part of their obsolete, burnt-out, driven tips. Older stepmoms were equally irrelevant for a slew of reasons.

Them I dismissed because they couldn’t know our love, our unique situation and how the stars were now perfectly aligned, because I had arrived on the scene to save my new family from their crazy mother and the pain of the divorce she caused.

Yep, you should have known me then. …To read the rest of this article, log in and download the January 2018 issue. Don’t have an account? Click here to subscribe. 


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