Being a Mother A - Z (for both biological moms and stepmoms)
This is something I came across that I think applies to every mother, Biological or Step...We can all use the help and reminders
Accept what you can't change -- today -- and let yourself move on.
Be consistent about who you are. Everything good builds on that.
Change yourself before you try to change someone else.
Develop a thick skin -- you'll need it!
Energize yourself by taking very good care of yourself. That's one of your most important jobs.
Factor lots of fun into your life.
Go for your goals, those for your family and those just for yourself, with everything you have.
Hope for the best; cope with the rest.
Investigate before you place blame; everything isn't always how it appears.
Jump in softly, with one foot at a time. Stepfamily relationships are sensitive beings.
Know what you're talking about before you speak.
Love your family as much as you can, every way you can.
Master your thoughts, because they will master you.
Never underestimate your strength.
Open your heart; you'll be amazed what takes hold.
Pray daily -- often hourly!
Question what you don't understand.
Retreat when you need to, alone, to a place of quiet and rest.
Show your integrity in every step-moment, even the difficult ones.
Team up with your husband and run your family together.
Understand that we're all imperfect.
Voice your opinion quietly and you'll have a lot more listeners.
Work hard for the family you want. Nothing worth having is easy.
Xaggerate your gratitude to those who are kind to you.
Yell for help when you need it. You don't have to handle everything alone.
Zero in on one problem at a time; that's always enough.