Monday, May 29, 2006

The joys and limitations of stepfamilies

From an April essay in the New York Times Magazine:

"The step-labels mislead us. 'Stepmother' imples that I am some variation of my stepchildren's mother, when I am actualy the adult person married to their father. I have felt motherly toward my stepchildren and like a daughter to my stepmother, but I have also felt the failure of not living up to either role."

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