Mother’s Day

Four generationsAbove: my great-grandmother, grandmother, my mom, and me-four generations.

Being a mom is something I’ve always wanted to be, since I was a little girl toting other people’s babies around on my hip. Like most women, I imagined what my life would look like when I grew up and started my family. I never imagined it would involve divorce, remarriage, and restructuring. Life often turns out differently than we envision. For those of you who are going through a life-changing event right now, such as a divorce or separation, please remember you are not alone. Sometimes things must break apart in order to fall back together again, your life included.

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Mother’s Day is also tough for some stepmoms. I hope you know how much you are appreciated for every time you accept the awkward stares, take the brunt of the anger, and for all of the times when you have stepped up to the plate for your step-children. I know as mothers, both step and bio, we aren’t always shown appreciation. Today especially, I want you all to know you are cherished! Take some time for yourself today!

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My mom taught me to be creative, loving, independent, and above all to love myself. I would not be the mother I am today if it was not for my mom’s guidance, example, assistance. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

Trish Eklund is taking a nontraditional approach to parenting children after divorce and remarriage. Raising her two daughters of eleven and fifteen with her husband, ex-husband, and his wife, they consult one another on all parenting decisions. Trish has been featured on www.playground-magazine.com, and www.bigblendedfamily.com. She is a regular writer on www.herviewfromhome.com, writer and co-editor for Her View From Omaha. Follow her on Twitter: @trishiewriter, Google +, and Pinterest.

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