Not all stepmoms are evil!
Books and movies continue to perpetuate the wicked stepmother stereotype despite the fact that there are many families with stepparents who get along nicely.
Audrey Nicole had a daughter with her ex-husband, who is now in a happy relationship with his new girlfriend. Her daughter, Riley Grace, would stay with her dad at times, and the experience is something she experiences with her mom too.
Her stepmom loves and cares for her as her own mother would. For this, Audrey was thankful to her husband’s “other woman”. She was happy that her daughter has another person who loves her just as much as her real parents would.
Her Facebook post read:
“This is my daughter’s father’s girlfriend. The sweetest thing ever! I’m super thankful for her because when she visits her dad she feeds her, takes care of her, buys her gifts, and basically takes care of her like her own. Why do all these moms act so spiteful and jealous towards the other women? NO ONE said it was easy trying to be a mother to a kid you didn’t have. So when there is someone trying, don’t push them away! Because they DON’T need the drama they WILL leave and then you’re stuck with someone who is the evil step mom. Yes they exist! I see them everywhere! A kid can have two moms because in my eyes the more people that love her I’m happy! I would never make her feel like an outsider; I’m extremely thankful for this girl. Ladies, grow up and focus on being a good mom. Love more hate less!”
Audrey wanted to show the world that the ‘evil stepmom’ is a nasty stereotype and it should stop. It is imperative that we undergo a cultural shift that creates a new standard for stepmothers, one that is less inspired by evil stepmother myths and more reflective of the dedicated, loving women who are willing to sacrifice their own fantasy of a storybook romance—no young girl casts herself as the stepmother in her wedding dreams—to step into a ready-made family with the person she loves.
Instead of referring to them as a ‘broken family’, calling them an extended family is more apt.