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Dedicated to the Mother of Another Woman's Child

Updated on June 11, 2018
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MsDora, seven-year online writer, shares poetry, creative writing, quotes and reflections on how writing and writers influence our lives.

There is a certain monumental act which goes unnoticed, though it deserves the world’s applause. It is the choice to become a mother to another woman's child.

"Thank you, Mom."

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The poem below was inspired by a step-mother, an exceptionally kind woman who married her soul mate, fully aware that he came with little bundles obtained in a previous relationship. Other women—sisters, aunts, best friends and neighbors have also parented children who were not biologically theirs, and deserve much gratitude. For example:

  • aunts who adopt their nieces and nephews when tragedy leaves the children without parents;
  • career women who marry too late to have kids of their own but select the ones they want;
  • women who adopt just because their compassionate, generous hearts reach out to children who deserves live better than their present.

Motherhood has its challenges, and these mothers often have a double share. Their children experience multiple layers of emotions which are overwhelming. It is not unusual for one of them, in an attempt to throw a jab at the confusion, throw it at the mother instead. Most times, the child shows immediate regret, and a mother’s heart understands.

Poem: Heart of A Mother

“You’re not my mother,” she screamed at me;
I heard the anger in her voice.
She could no longer ignore me;
‘Twas time for her to make a choice
Between accepting my wise counsel
And denying that I was around;
Ever since her father had married me
She thought my advice was unsound.
“You’re not my mother,” the younger joined in;
The echo did not surprise me.
The girls teamed up to create a hell
Whenever we did not agree.
Ready to date at age fifteen
And thirteen—too young by my book;
Their father requested my input
So there I stood with a caring look.

“I’m not your mother,” I gently said,
“But how I wish I could have been;
You’re two very special young women
Based on potential that I’ve seen.
I’m not surprised that those two young men
Are anxious to be your first dates;
Good women are hard to come by,
Whether as girlfriends or as mates.

Stepmom: "I'd like the chance to guide you."

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“I’m not your mother,” I rubbed it in.
“But you need a mother’s insight
To help interpret the ways of men
When wrong seems so much like the right.
It’s not that you’re foolish or wayward;
Not that I wish to see you frown
But I’d like the chance to guide you,
To love you like my very own.

“True, my womb never could produce you
But my heart doesn’t seem to know;
My bosom desires to hold you
To nurture and shield as you grow.
I’m looking ahead to the future
When a man noble like your dad
Come seeking a shrewd, worthy woman
Who showed tact when pursued by a lad."
The older one hung her head a bit
And wiped a teardrop from her face.
The younger one took that as her cue
And shuffled to my embrace.
“I’m not your mother,” I started to say,
“Forgive me,” sobbed one, then the other.
My heart forgave them before they asked,
For mine’s the heart of a mother.

A Quick Heads Up

"You're not my mother," is a statement a stepmother can expect to hear. If you do not hear it, thank God that your relationship with your step-child is better than average.

James Lehman, MSW counsels that when a child says those words, it is an attempt to:

  • take away your power;
  • invite you to a fight.

Do not take it personally; the child would have said it to any other woman. It is probably not even about you, but just the child's way to create a situation in which he or she can release anger, frustration, confusion or any other negative emotion.

Stick to your post as mother. Be firm but remain approachable. Say nothing judgmental about the biological parents and grasp every opportunity to be loving.

Encouragement Quotes for Stepmothers

  • Who needs a fairy godmother when there are stepmoms? ― PracticingNormal
  • Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. ― Oprah Winfrey
  • What if Cinderella's just a good actress who has everyone fooled, when really, she sucks? ― Angela Parkhurst
  • Stepparents are not around to replace a biological parent, rather to augment a child's life experience. — Azriel Johnson
  • I want to say this to every stepmother: take it a little easier, try not to be so insistent, try not to have your desires dominate. . . The moment you step back from whatever it is that exasperates you, you get an unrestricted view of the situation—and you can take a breath before you move forward. ― Margit Eva Bernard
  • Who cares if another woman or man loves your child, plays with your child, or builds a healthy relationship with your child — either way your child is benefiting. — Jessica James
  • Loving your own kids is easy. Loving another woman's child as your own is what makes stepmoms really special. — WishesMessages

© 2011 Dora Weithers

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    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Shyron, I am so impressed by women who are so kind to children who are not biologically theirs. Some children have received the best training they could possibly have from these women.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      MsDora, you are not my mother

      But, what an honor had you been

      To guide and love me

      And teach me right from wrong

      To avoid all sin.

      How absolutely beautiful

      Blessings my friend

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Teaches. Those women who step into the role of mother for other women's children truly deserve the recognition.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      2 years ago

      I thank God for those women in my life who stepped in to support my mother's teachings with me. This is such a beautiful encouragement for those who serve as mothers to so many others.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Akriti, thank you and God bless you!

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      Akriti Mattu 

      3 years ago from Shimla, India

      So heart warming .Voted up :-)

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Word, your Mom deserves this kind of applause too. Hope she received much appreciation from those children. Thank for telling her story and making your observations.

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      Al Wordlaw 

      3 years ago from Chicago

      Tolerable describes the attitude in this situation. One must be quite patient as well under these circumstances. I'm sure there are millions of mothers that deserve high accolades in similar situations. My mom was a foster parent for over 20 years to at least, 7 children besides rearing 6 boys of her own. Thank you for sharing MsDora.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Peg, Happy Mothers Day! So glad you like the poem. Hope all is well.

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      Peg Cole 

      3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This beautifully expressed lesson really touched my heart, MsDora. It's so deeply meaningful and important to someone like me who was a step mom.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Peachy, thanks for underscoring the truth that there are good stepmothers. I agree with you and I honor every one of them.

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      not all step moms are bad, they aren't cinderella or sleeping beauty mommies.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Sweet Epistles, glad you enjoyed the poem. Thank you for your encouragement.

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      June 

      5 years ago from From the Heart of God

      I truly loved it and enjoyed so much reading every lines, it's rich with golden word . Thank you for the inspiration Ms.Dora.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Faith Reaper, glad you enjoyed the poem, and glad you enjoyed a healthy mother-daughter relationship. Thanks for your kind comments.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi MsDora,

      I really enjoyed this beautiful tribute to the heart of a mother. I don't know what I would have done if it were not for my sweet and precious mother in this life! Her heart was pure gold and her love, always there.

      Very profound poem.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, Linda. Glad the poem touch you, probably because yours is also the heart of a mother.

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      Linda Compton 

      5 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

      Beautiful, Ms. Dora. Insightful, rich, and deeply moving. Thank you! L.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Oceansider. Glad you enjoyed the poem.

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      oceansider 

      5 years ago

      I love your poetry Ms Dora.....very beautiful and touching!

      Thank you, I enjoyed reading your hub very much.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Frank. So glad you like the poem!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      this was fantastic Ms Dora :)

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, IntegrityYes. You sure know how to energize a spirit.

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      IntegrityYes 

      6 years ago

      Rock on,Dora! That is powerful.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      You probably told her in your actions if not in words, but you didn't know better. Your attitude now is what matters. Thank God for forgiveness!

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 

      6 years ago from NYC BABY

      This was beautiful and I could relate in that I was once the teenage "daughter", well niece. My aunt took me and my sister in and raised us from 13 and on, and I probably told her she wasn't my mother. As a teenager I'm almost SURE it happened, hehe. Well now I'm older and I appreciate her and show it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, rajan. You comment is true of any woman who appreciates the title of mother.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautiful and poignant. Your writing it in the 1st person makes it a strong poem.

      The feelings of a mother are universally same whether the child is her own or is adopted.

      Voted up & beautiful.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks articles, for your affirmation. I appreciate your votes.

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      Saira Sheikh 

      6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      This is a great poem! i liked these lines " I’m not your mother,” I gently said,

      “But how I wish I could have been; You’re two very special young women,Based on potential that I’ve seen.

      I’m not surprised that those two young men

      Are anxious to be your first dates" ,

      The reason for liking these lines is because it's happening with parents who have teenage girls, this is the present reality. I love the way you have written it! Voted up, beautiful and awesome!

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Thelma. Blessings to you, also.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing this. Have a great day!

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Samanthajae, I'm happy for the effect the poem has on you. My response is similar. Our mothers deserve all the gratitude we can give.

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      samanthajae 

      6 years ago

      Hi MsDora, that's a very nice poem! Reading this hub makes me more grateful for my mom too. Thanks for sharing.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks moonlake, for the vote, the compliment and your support. I appreciate you.

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      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Very beautiful. I love reading about mothers this morning. So many good hubs. Your mother is a very pretty lady. Voted up

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Maestro. I hope you find my other articles as beautiful and touching. I appreciate the blessing and pray the same for you.

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      MaestroECMcCloud 

      6 years ago from Lexington, South Carolina

      Simply beautiful and very touching. If this is any indication of your work, I look forward to reading some more on here. May God continue to bless and keep you.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Ahhh Sofs! That's so precious. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      This is beautiful! But, I love it more for the wealth of wisdom in your words. Thank you for sharing your wisdom as a mother.. I guess the world is in need of it.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Sky9106. I appreciate your very kind comments. Blessings to you, also.

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      Sky9106 

      6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      This is simply great , I must not hesitate to say it, that had anyone been in those girls stead they would also had melted. That's what I see sadly missing in these times . "The Truth" A great pleasure to follow your work , and it's quite a story from the first I read months ago, but give God the praise .

      I particularly love this :

      In an attempt to throw a jab at the confusion, throw it at the mother instead.

      No questions on the thumbs up and goodies.

      Great mother and daughter picture .

      Blessings I look forward..

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Xenonlit, for your encouragement. Cheers to you, too!

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      Xenonlit 

      6 years ago

      You tell such a powerful story in great lyrical form. Cheers!

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Hi Denise. I'm sure you'll have lots of opportunity to make good on your wish; but don't be surprised that those children knew how much you cared. They understand much more than they let on. Your good works will bear fruit.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks anndavis25, for the recognition. I choose to believe you.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      6 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      As a former foster parent, I wish I would have had these words to say to the children who came into our home. It would have helped ease many a difficult moment where I wanted so much to tell them I cared, but didn't know how. Thanks for your example.

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      anndavis25 

      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Turning the other cheek! That's Biblical. And it works. Congratulations - now you're a poet!

      Up and awesome.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Wookie. I appreciate your comment.

      Thanks you, Zabbella. Serious subject-serious love. You're right about that!

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      Zabbella 

      6 years ago from NJ-USA

      Oh MsDora, that was beautiful! It put a lot of love on a very serious subject.

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      WookieWonderfuls 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, this is beautiful :)

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, quatrain. The line you picked states a truth that mothers, and all concerned, need to understand. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      quatrain 

      6 years ago

      Well done. What a gift for language you have. I am giving this a thumbs up and bookmarking it. Loved the line"It is not unusual for one of them, in an attempt to throw a jab at the confusion, throw it at the mother instead".

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