One Big Happy Household

by childless stepparent

Today I am filled with gratitude. Our home is full of love and playfulness.

I’m sitting in the living room, sunshine streaming in the windows, taking it all in. My husband reading the paper, his daughter playing with the cats in the windowsill while they watch bluejays on the deck. Our new dog cuddled at my feet. Even the beta fish are swimming happily in their bowls.

One big happy household. Not a “blended family” – a happy household. There’s a difference.

Try this: Think of a time when you, your spouse, and your stepkid(s) were happy together. Write it down. Sit with it. What made that moment happy?