The Light at the End of the Tunnel: Things I Didn't Worry About
I'm the veteran BM & SM of 5 reflecting on my steplife as I read the posts. DH & I feel blessed that we survived it all. Here's what wasn't worth worrying about when all 5 lived here:
Eating Habits: Some of the SKs were (and one still is) picky eaters. If DH wanted to give one of them fast foid money if they didnt like the meal, whatever. I now believe it was a desire for the taste considtency of fast food. They hadnt been exposed to a big variety of food.
The State of Their Rooms: I just shut the door. I had much bigger issues. Interestingly nowadays, of the 5 kids, 2 of the SK are extremely clean, in the "eat off the floor" category. The other 3 are average.
Things I Couldn't Do Anything About: In the '70s, there sky-high inflation & runaway food prices. People complained endlessly. I had 7 people to feed, I just had to tune it out and bring home the food.
Rides to School & Helping with Homework: I didn't do either except once when BS's teacher asked me to help him with multiplication tables. It does seem like nowadays, the teachers expect the parents to help more.
Step-parents. I feel your pain. I've been the SK, the BM & the SM. None of the roles is easy. Hang in there.