One of my FB friends posted a link to this blog entry by a single father whose son has a step father. My friend's comment was "All step families should be like this".
I'm not sure all step families CAN be like this but for discussion...do you think it's a little easier for men to accept a stepparent than women?
Here's the blog:
And the text:
As you know, I am Noah’s dad.
Did you know that Noah has another dad? His name is Jeff. Jeff is married to Noah’s mom.
Besides us both being dads to Noah, the two of us don’t have a whole lot in common. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
You see, this dad gets to teach Noah how to use a computer. That dad shivers at the thought of touching a keyboard.
But that’s okay, because that dad will teach Noah how to change out a radiator. This dad has a hard time jumping a car battery.
This dad gets to teach Noah how to cry when crying will heal him. That dad will teach Noah how to take a hit and stand back up again.
That dad teaches Noah how to raise chickens. This dad teaches Noah how to train cockatiels.
This dad will teach Noah how to fix broken hearts. That dad will teach Noah how to fix broken engines.
That dad will teach Noah how to build a go-cart. This dad will teach Noah how to build a business.
This dad will help Noah with his math homework. That dad will help Noah with his shop projects.
That dad will teach Noah how to make friends. This dad will teach Noah how to buoy friends.
This dad will teach Noah how to dream a dream. That dad will teach Noah how to build it.
That dad is 6′ 0″ with brown hair and brown eyes.
This dad is 6′ 4″ with blond hair and blue eyes.
But… we do have some things in common.
This dad loves Noah more than life itself. That dad does too.
That dad will teach Noah how to work. This dad will too.
This dad cares deeply about making sure that Noah is provided for. That dad does too.
That dad will show up at every event that is important to Noah. This dad will too.
This dad will teach his son how to love and respect women. That dad will too.
Noah loves that dad. Noah loves this dad too.
You see, that dad is no less of a dad to Noah than this dad is.
This dad will never hesitate to do a favor for that dad, because this dad knows that Noah loves that dad just as much. And this dad will always do what’s best for Noah, just like that dad will.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
PS, step-parents are a tender subject with many. I’d love to hear something good or wonderful about any step-parents in your lives or your children’s lives. I’d also like to know how tough employment situations have affected your family.