Don't Get Stepped On By Your Adult Step Children!!
The evil step-child exists not the evil step-mother
I was meeting an old school friend again after 20 years tonight for dinner. OF COURSE we found each other on Facebook.
But we also found out fairly quickly that we had something in common other than the things of our shared childhood, ungrateful adult step-children.
My friend and I are certainly NOT the stereotypicalstep-mothers. We had both chose to give completely of our love, time and energy to finish raising someone else's children as our own for years and now are being rewarded by not only ingratitude but complete brutal disregard for our feelings.
I don't even get a Mothers Day card and one of her step-kids isn't even talking to her simply because she wouldn't take his side against his brother in an argument. Her steps are in their thirties and mine range in ages from 23-32. That's WAY too old for this kind of behavior!
Where do these adult kids come at the attitude that the world and especially their step-parents OWE them anything?! Do these kids realise we could have influenced our spouses to send them off to military or boarding school? And some step-mothers really become cruel and treat their steps unfairly.
But it seems to me that the ones who really care like my friend and I, get abused and stepped on and very very hurt from such thoughtless and selfish behavior.
We also had in common the "who gets what when your dad dies" conversation. When my grandparents were dying it didn't even occur to me to want their possessions. WHERE do these kids get such uncaring cold hearted behavior where things matter to them more than their own parent??!!!
Hers got upset when they didn't like that she was going to give things according to grandkids order as per her husbands instructions. They wanted to change it all and expected her to do something about it!
Mine found out that my husband was dying of terminal cancer and spent a week calling me and telling me what they were going to take whether I liked it or not, two of them threatened me. It got so bad that my husband and I had to make a Trust rather than a will with an executor not of the immediate family so that I would have no contact with his kids in any way once he was gone. THIS is not something we should have EVER had to deal with!
What my dear friend and I have BOTH come to terms with was, we were DONE. Done being stepped on by the steps. Done being used and abused. DONE wasting our lives on people that simply took all we gave like they were owed it. Acting as if we were their personal slaves with no appreciation whatsoever of all we have not only done for them but for their children-grandchildren whom we have loved deeply as well.
I'm ranting for all abused, loving, caring step-mothers everywhere. Adult children are NOW simply other adult people and they should be put into the category in our lives as "good for your life" or "not good for your life" and boundary them accordingly just like everyone else.
STOP wasting your life on ungrateful uncaring people no matter who they are because life is too short to be sad from cruel selfish people.
I've always said it's better to be completely alone in the world than to be with people who don't care about you. In this case it's the children that are the losers. God gave them a rare gift of real loving step-mothers and they spit in His face along with ours. We took on the job willingly, not just because they were there through the accident of birth.
Blood makes relatives but LOVE makes FAMILY. Maybe everyone should think a little more about who actually loved and loves them and where true loyalty DESERVES to lie. Blood may be thicker than water but LOVE is deeper than the ocean and better by far.
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