I wrote this guest post for Carol Shwanda and wanted to post part of it here for my readers, check out the rest if you are interested!
My parents divorced when I was 4 and both remarried within two years. When they both remarried I got lots of new things:
-Two step parents
– Two new step brothers
– A new step sister
– Two new step families
But, my parents made very clear, they were not to be thought of step-anything. So really I got:
-Two new parents
– Two new brothers
– A new sister
– Two new families
Quite a Christmas. I was glad that my parents wanted to make the new family members feel no different than real family members, because I was also a new step sister to them and I wanted to be treated the same. I wanted to write a post about what it was…I guess, like to be a step child.
1) Cinderella Syndrome
Step Sounds Nasty. One of the things I hate the most-still hate, is the nastiness that has been assigned to the word ’step.’ Even now when I use it to describe my family situation I find myself constantly explaining that my step mother is not evil, that my step sisters are sweet and as a step daughter, I am not too bad. It must be from Cinderella, but I would love for us as a society (with an increasing number of ’steps’ in it), to change the step connotation to something more positive.
Read the full article here!