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All that matters is right here in these photos.  Family is everything!  

For those that don’t know, I’m a step mom of 2, and a mom of 1.  Halle is 15 and Tyson is 17.  Tyson currently lives with us. 

I just want to open the conversation of being a step mom.  Who else is a step mom out there?

They’ve never lived with us full time, so that’s why I haven’t ever felt like it was my place to give you “step mom advice”.   It’s never felt right to me to put it out there and give you the advice you’re looking for.  But lately, now that one lives with us full time, I feel like I can finally start talking about it more.  Another reason why I haven’t said much is because I’ve only been a step mom for 6 years.  Relationships take time to build and some things I like to keep to myself that I don’t want to share with everyone.

Becoming a step mom was challenging at first.  I’ve had many people in my life who are step parents that gave me the advice at the VERY beginning and said “Don’t ever try and be their mother.  Always be their friend.”  Which rang so true because I never wanted them to feel like I was trying to step in and be the parent.  I wanted them to get to know me on their time, so they would be comfortable about me being around their dad.

I was only 21.  They were 8 and 10, so from the get go I’ve always acted like their friend.   They have a mom, so they don’t need me to be their mom.  This is why I believe it’s always been very easy to handle.  They are very good kids and have amazing parents.  I love their mom.  Always be civil for the kids.  Don’t be bitter or jealous.  It’s not right for the kids involved.  It’s so important to all get along, and even get together for the kids when you can.  

The reason I feel more comfortable about talking about this is because my parents both got married in the last few years, so I now can see the place that Halle and Tyson were in.  Granted, I’m a lot older and moved out, but I can only imagine how younger kids feel when their parents get remarried and have to get used to someone else that isn’t their parent. 

Put yourself in their shoes, and try not to overstep your boundaries.  Relationships take time to build.  My advice would be to take time to get to know the kids.  Take them out to lunch or shopping, find out what activities they like and take them to do that, so you have time to bond with them on your own.   Be their friend and someone they can trust.  Telling them what to do, isn’t my thing– they have parents to do that.  If they live in your home, things are different and you’re aloud to tell them to follow your rules.  But like I said before, they’ve never lived with me until now.  Tyson who is 17 has lived with us for almost a year now.  I don’t tell him what to do, but I do expect him to do his chores and be respectful.  But would my outlook be a little different if they lived with us full time? Yes probably.  But this is my personal situation.

I had most of you ask me to write a post about this, and one thing that was asked a lot was, how do you make time for you and TJ?  That is easy for us because we don’t have them full time, but just like any relationship you need to take time to spend time with each other once a week. Designate a night that works for both of you, find a sitter and go out and be with each other, talk with each other, put your phones away and just be you two again.  

This is a subject that I feel I can talk about now.  I wasn’t comfortable speaking about it until now.  Some things are untold and should be kept private.  These are just MY personal feelings and advice.  Everyones situation is different, but I wanted to share mine with you and what I’ve taken away and learned from it.  You don’t have to take my advice.  I’m not telling anyone what to do, and I never am telling anyone what to do when I share posts.  I’m simply sharing my experience and tips.  You can read my advice and apply it, or not.  Completely up to you!  None of this is right or wrong.  Everyone’s family and their situation is different.  

But Oaks just loves them SO much.  It’s so much fun to watch them together!  He especially has really loved Tyson since he’s around more and babysits him.

With all this said, who has a similar situation? Are any of you step parents? Comment below!  Lets chat.

Have a good weekend!

xoxo,

SARA LYNN 

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SWITCHING IT UP

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TOP (ALSO LOVE) / JEANS / BAG / JACKET / HEELS

Okay, so I splurged a little on this top.  Heres why..

  1. Its a plaid top so its VERY versatile.  I’m all about versatility.
  2. The quality is absolutely amazing and so comfortable. 
  3. It can be worn in any season.  Its lighter weight, so in Fall/Winter you can just wear a jacket.  The Summer you can roll the sleeves up.  Like I said, lightweight so not heavy and hot.

AND for the love guys.  These JEANS are my absolute favorite of all time. The fit, the color, the holes. Just lovey love.

Switching a lane here.  I’m really into positive talk and self love.  I wanted to share a little tip of mine, that I’ve been applying in my life thats helped the way I look at life in general.

Let’s try this challenge

Remove all negative words from your life & see how you feel the next few days.  I apply this a lot to texts, emails etc… when you start out communicating with negative words even though you’re not meaning to be, it sounds negative and makes the other kinda… stand offish?  Would you agree.   Here are the words I’m talking about.
 
Unfortunately
But
Sorry.. (but) 
But Whatever (do whatever you want) 
Can’t 
Not
Aren’t
 
Replace them with…
 
“That sounds so cool!  Here is another idea I want to run by you that I think would work for us…___”
“Thank you for thinking of me or thanks for the invite…I’ve got other plans, lets plan for another time”
“Thank you for being patient”
“Thats cool, lets look at some other options instead” or “These are options we can do, let me know what you think”
“That’s sounds fun! I’m heading to ____ today, let’s plan for another day” 
 
Do you guys catch my drift??  It’s so crazy because even as a positive person, we use these ways of communicating without even realize how it’s coming across.  I feel that it’s so important to be communicating this way through emails & texts because you don’t know the tone of their voice.  In these days, we should be practicing removing those negative words and replacing with positive so the other person can take it the right way, and you can get off on the right start.
 
Those are my thoughts for the day that I wanted to share!  Let me know if you liked this little post and I’ll continue to do more.
 
xoxo,
SARA LYNN
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