Thursday, May 13, 2010

Did you know that May 16 is Stepmother's Day?

Psychology Today has an interesting article about Stepmother's Day, which is unofficially on May 16th.
Many [stepmothers] feel unacknowledged, overlooked, and unappreciated by their husbands and their husbands’ kids of all ages. And by their husband’s ex-wives, too. “I cart those kids to their after-school activities every day because their mom’s work hours mean she’s unable to. I care about my stepkids, I really do, but it’s a lot of work to do everything I do for them and she has never, ever once thanked me for it. Neither have they. It bugs me on Mother’s Day especially, when she’s getting lauded. I feel that I do the heavy lifting—and I DO do the heavy lifting—and she should thank me,” one woman with twin nine- year-old stepkids wrote.
Kinda interesting. I think that Mother's day should be a blanket term to celebrate mothers in all their forms: adoptive mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers who take care of their grandchildren, etc. But it's nice to see there is some kind of movement, unofficial as it may be, to recognize that mothers need to be appreciated - whether they're the birth-mother or not.

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