Being a parent can be tough. Being a stepparent, adopted parent or foster parent can be even more difficult. Some people don’t understand when a stepparent and child are close, and that’s ok. Not everyone needs to understand because the life of a stepparent, or foster parent, wasn’t meant for everyone. But if you know someone who is one and they are doing their best to love, support and help raise a child that’s not their own…don’t judge or ridicule them. Don’t talk about them. Just love them. Encourage them. Because chances are, they are giving a whole lot of themselves to love a child that isn’t theirs.
Chances are, they are giving a whole lot of themselves to love a child that isn’t theirs.
Most people don’t know half of the story or the inside lives of those situations, so please try not to put your two cents into half of the information you might have. If they are loving a child well, nothing else really matters. So many people do more judging and less encouraging to one of the most forgotten roles. Most of the time the sacrifices go unseen.
So if you see, know or find out about someone who is a stepparent, or foster parent…give a little more encouragement and a little less judgement. We all are aware of mom shaming and we protect moms and stand up for them because life is tough and it gets messy. I ask that you do the same for those who are trying their best with the responsibility God has given them to love a child they didn’t birth and give them the love that God puts in their hearts for those children.
So if you see, know or find out about someone who is a stepparent, or foster parent…give a little more encouragement and a little less judgement.
I am so thankful and blessed with a great support system in my friends and family but not everyone has that. This is not for anyone to pity or feel sorry for me or anyone who is in my shoes, just a little voice for all the unseen warriors making life work everyday.