One of the challenges of living-in-step is being labeled a "STEPFAMILY". Once married, you are either a "Stepmom" like myself, a "Stepdad", or if you are a child, you become a "Stepchild". Let's face it. No one has ever celebrated becoming a stepchild, because of all of the negative connotations associated with the word step.
How often have you heard someone say ..."They treat me like a stepchild!? In other words, meaning you are treated badly. Or, have you ever heard of the "wicked Stepmom?" Since fairytale days, Stepmoms have been portrayed as Cruella Deville, who rode in on her magic broom to sweep the man off of his feet. Once she puts the spell on the man, she then convinces him to send his children off to boarding school, never to be seen again.
Okay world, I'm tired of step-people taking a bad rap. It's time for all stepfamilies to take a stand. It's time to take STEP to a new level. Let's not call ourselves "stepfamilies or blended families anymore. I recommend we call ourselves Step+families. Why the plus sign? The plus sign repesents positive. Plus means: with the addition of; a surplus, or gain. Plus is synonymous with the words: Advantage, Bonus, Benefit, Good things. Not to mention the + sign is the symbol of the cross.
Are you starting to get the picture?. Stop thinking of your family as being less than, and begin to celebrate living-in-step. Let's start a campaign to change our titles. I am no longer just a Stepmom, I am now a Step+mom. I'm beginning to like the sound and sign of it. Let me know what you think, but I'm feeling better already!
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach