Blended family quotes, selected from various books and articles written by spouses and step parents who have already been there, already done that, offer much-needed reaffirmation and encouragement for partners in a step family relationship.
Even taken out of context, thoughtful quotes about blended families provide insight, reassurance, and inspiration for blended family partners who feel discouraged or overwhelmed from time to time by step family life.
Step family quotes
In Blended Families an Anthology, Valerie Lewis Coleman compares step parenting with working at a late-night convenience store; you have all the responsibilities but none of the authority. She also reminds step mothers and step fathers that trying to make someone love you is like trying to climb uphill during an avalanche.
Words of wisdom are not always earth-shattering. Usually, they are just common sense observations which make sense to people when they are ready to hear them.
Blended family quotes for step mothers
Step mothers have a particularly difficult time gaining the acceptance of step children, perhaps largely due to fairy tale portrayals of the wicked step mother. There is this double standard by which we suspect step mothers of being wicked and selfish; nevertheless, we expect them to be utterly selfless and loving to kids who are not their own.
And we expect step mothers to magically and instantly fall in love with their step children, despite being met with hostility, rejection, and disrespectful attitudes and actions. Recognizing the realities of step parenting, and especially step mothering in particular, is the most important step toward building of a successful blended family. Authors Wednesday Martin and Claire Berman are often quoted for their insightful observations about the step mother and step child relationship.
Blended family advice
If you sometimes feel like your life is falling apart, perhaps you can take hope from author, teacher and TV host Iyanla Vanzant, who believes that lives fall apart when they need to be rebuilt. She states, sympathetically, that lives fall apart not because God is punishing us for what we have or have not done, but