"Unfortunately, we probably don’t vocalize these challenges enough — primarily out of fear of hurting feelings. But as our children — and our relationship — grows, I think it’s more important than ever that we talk about and share some of the challenges of being a stepparent. "

My husband and I haven’t slept solidly through the night since that one time my mom took the girls overnight. We had no idea that having babies had made us lightweights, so we found ourselves wildly drunk off a glass of wine as we stumbled our way back to the Old Market Marriott.

"I'm not sure when parents today started feeling the pressure to throw an Instagram-worthy party at every birthday. I'm vowing to take it easy. I'm focusing less on the party details and more on my child. I'm focusing on spending as much time with them as I can on their special day and not on making sure my house is perfectly spotless or whether the homemade decorations are just right."

"Competitive about what, you may ask? Anything. Everything. If there is something that could possibly be measured quantitatively, they want to know who did it better. Not out of a sense of personal accomplishment, but as a form of bragging rights and lording power over the less proficient one."

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