It’s not a situation to be taken lightly because being in a position to shape a child’s life as a chosen, additional parent is an honor.There will be moments where you’ll have to play counselor and confidant. Sometimes, it can wear on a relationship when a child doesn’t feel free to express themselves.
There were stretches of time when he wasn’t around; either by his own volition or my mother protecting us from his disappointments. Having such an inconsistent father was my first example of what kind of father not to be.
The same rang true in my friends’ households and even strangers in the neighborhood. Over time, I have shaped my own ideas about fatherhood and how I want to parent my children.
We are connected, interwoven with the lives of our children.
We are responsible for their well-being and daily survival.
My heart was softened by the pure nature of my love for her and it automatically extended to her child. I now think about financial security and my health differently. I want to make sure I’m living to be a good role model.
When you take on the role of being a stepparent, it’s not just being a dad as long as you’re married.
Single moms don't have the same free will as other single women.
We have undergone massive life shifts from single-hood to married life, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding; enduring radical changes to our bodies and minds.
You can only hope that the environment remains cordial.