To all the British Stepmoms
I understand today is Mother's Day in Britain, I didn't realize you celebrated on a different day than in America. So, Happy Mother's Day!
This is a quite difficult day for many people. So many of us pour time, energy, thought, money and emotion into our SKs and it hurts not to be recognized on Mother's Day. We know we aren't the real moms and we understand divided loyalties but we often still feel saddened if our efforts aren't recognized. Sometimes, our DHs arent good about gifts, mine wasnt. And, often, the kids are too young to do anything on their own.
I finally realized I needed to take care of myself and my feelings on that day. I made a special effort to make sure I had something nice to wear, something good to eat, whatever would make me feel better. It helped. As time went by, my family got better about recognizing holidays but til then, it's important to take care of ourselves. Nobody knows what all we do, but we do.
Happy Mother's Day!