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One person came to mind when I saw this image...My mum! The things she had accomplished while she was still around was simply amazing.Juggling between raising me and my sister,having to work long hours so that she can earn, provide, and run the household as my Dad was unemployed. At one point,she even opened up her own food stall! (Talk about taking the leap of faith and having the courage!Well done Mum!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Whenever she was facing adversities, she would share and even cry at times.NEVER EVER have I seen or heard her whinging about how miserable her life was. I remembered her telling meโ€Life is full of Ups and Downs.โ€Most important thing is to DECIDE at which moment do you want to be PRESENT.โ€ Over the years, I actually saw the inner strength within her (even though she doesnโ€™t have that RA RA personality / speed train talker). She is indeed a great LISTENER and a woman of little words.But when she SHARED something,itโ€™s definitely worth listening.Because I felt it came from deep thoughts and from the purest of places. (not an opinion trigger happy type of person). FOUR years on after she passed away,I am still learning from her. I have realized that she left behind a special GIFT. That gift is actually her LEGACY! Her accomplishments, her failures and especially the things I WILL and WILL NOT do in this life. Plenty of life lessons being shared to me even at this very moment. LEGACY continues...Thank you mum! Will always love and appreciate what you have done for us. #wordsofwolfman #family #selfhealing #takeresponsibility #stepdad #fitness #positivevibes #motivation #loveyourself #selfcarecomesfirst #tgifstudio

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deadlifts_and_daughters. Blowing off some snow day energy and doing dad stuff @the_michael_delk

Blowing off some snow day energy and doing dad stuff @the_michael_delk #fitkids #instababies #instacuties #stepdad #blendedfamily

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ashley.dawn.moore. I can't even begin to describe this relationship โค I'm so thankful he

I can't even begin to describe this relationship โค I'm so thankful he came into my life when he did. He showed me what a "real man" is. He shows me everyday and he loves my children like they were his own ๐Ÿ˜ He not only financially supports them with no qualms (because their dad's don't), he emotionally supports them through everything โค #lovethisman #stepdad #hesadad #hesaman #thatsaman #children #momoftwoboys #instagood

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Just taking the kids to IKEA #ikea #shopping #stepdad #purejoy #bigkid

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lostcreeknextdoor. Well, this explains so much! BESTIES UNTIL THE END! Thanks, Dad!โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €

Well, this explains so much! BESTIES UNTIL THE END! Thanks, Dad!โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #23andme #halfsister #ancestors #ancestrydna #ancestry #bestiesforlife #besties #itscomplicated #familytree #familygoals #myheritage #sistersister #stepdad #stepfamily #familyvacay #twinning

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team_momz. Have you ever been in a situation that required you to come up with a

Have you ever been in a situation that required you to come up with a solution to a major problem which forced you to decide whether to protect yourself or save the ex which in turn, saves you and the kids from immediate major drama. BUT when you decide to choose the side that protects your ex, the long term effects destroy you, your court evidence and your hope. It may have seemed like the right solution at the time, but damn, never again. . . Just sitting here thinking WTF did I do??? You have to remind yourself to think about yourself, your sanity, and your health first. In that moment it might seem better to avoid drama, but in the next week, the next months, and even the next years you may screw yourself royally. I, too often, have protected my EX from the consequences of his actions. I have saved his job, his new marriage, his relationship with our kids. I thought I was helping the situation by helping him, hoping to see change, but what I have realized is all I have done is destroy me. People have to hit rock bottom to make changes. Itโ€™s not my job to protect him anymore.

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life_lostandfound. Yesterday's picture was so chaotic, and today's is a constant. When Ha

Yesterday's picture was so chaotic, and today's is a constant. When Harris moved into the house in 1987 I was 11 and my brother was 14. My mom worked (because, single mom) so we had our own house keys for a few years by then. But sometimes I lost mine and we'd crawl in through the kitchen window. โ  .โ  When Harris moved in, one of the first things he did was get a copy of the house key and put it on a nail inside of a cabinet door in the garage. Then he put a combination lock on the backdoor of the garage so there would never, ever be a time when we couldn't get into the house. It was such a loving gesture. โ  .โ  The ET keys saw a lot of action over the years, between forgetful kids, tipsy teenagers, frazzled parents - you will never regret keeping a spare key somewhere. โ  .โ  Thirty-two years later, that ET keychain is on the keys to our secret studio, which is in the basement of a garage and has a silver glitter floor. Harris would get a big kick out of a room full of sewing machines and an antique piano and all the pegboard you could ask for.... Thanks, Harris.โ  .โ  .โ  .โ  .โ  .โ  .โ  .โ  #neverlockedout

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THEY WERE COMING . Repost @muscle_momof2 On Wednesday, I was cooking up a storm getting ready to host Thanksgiving dinner and I looked out to my kids cuddled on the couch in the light of the Christmas tree...and I had a thought. . I dried off my hands, grabbed my phone, and I texted my ex husband. . I said: โ€œHey, I donโ€™t know if you and Lori have plans for Thanksgiving, but you are both more than welcome to come hereโ€. He texted back with an excited and thankful response. . That was it; they were coming. . When I told the kids the surprise that their dad and Lori were going to join us for dinner, they both were so happy they almost looked like they were going to cry. . We had a great time with lots of funny stories and memories and everyone got along and had stuff to talk about. . The kids were bouncing around with smiles and goofiness and I felt like we were all winning. . By the end of the night, I was wine buzzed with my ex-husbandโ€™s new wife, laughing and doing dishes together. . I know itโ€™s not always easy to co-parent after divorce, and no one is perfect. . I just wish more adults could put their egos aside and focus on the kids... getting along is always going to be whatโ€™s best for them. @muscle_momof2 . The more the merrier when you can put your differences aside. @thecoparentingcollective . Join The Co-parenting Collectiveโšก https://linktr.ee/thecoparentingcollective (Link for exclusive COPARENT discount on @gabbwireless #kidsafe cell phones! ๐Ÿ“ฒ๐Ÿ‘Œ) . . . #thecoparentingcollective #coparenting #familytime #blendedfamilylife #mytribe #divorce #divorceddad #divorcedmom #singlemom #singledad #stepmom #stepdad #bonusmom #bonusdad #blendedfamily #modernfamily #explore #teamwork #teammates #childhoodmemories #togetherness #greatmemoriestogether #truestory #kindness #peacefulparenting #ittakesavillage #memoriestolastalifetime #goodtimes #memoriesmade

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Happy friday nation. Just some light work today in the gym nothing to crazy. I keep pushing myself harder and harder trying to get this physic where I want it to be. It's slow progress but it's working. Just keep eating just keep eating is what I tell myself everyday. Most days I feel like I'm going to up chuck but I hold it back. No pain no gain no glory. Hope you guys have a great weekend๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ . . . . . #pitbullsavage #gunzznbunzzchs #savagetraining #teamgunzznbunzzchs #americanbadass #fitdad #dadbod #balancedlife #balancetraining #beactive #getswoll #npc #gymmotivation #charlestonsc #charlestonlifecoach #charlestonfitness #stepdad #burpees #tireflips #doitforthegains #actorsaccess #aquaman #28inchwaist #leanmuscle #masculinity #2019 #beard #beardgang #viking #converse

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blendedontherock. This is so true! #Repost @familylifeblended with @make_repost

This is so true! #Repost @familylifeblended with @make_repost ใƒปใƒปใƒป When kids are involved, marriage is a package deal. - Ron Deal, The Smart Stepfamily

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themomofawesomeness. #coparenting is hard. To parent with someone you used to have a life w

#coparenting is hard. To parent with someone you used to have a life with, used to have feelings for, have expectations on how they treated you once, to now raising a child with someone who has evolved past your relationship. It is almost like being a business partner with a stranger. . . You have to relearn who this person is and try to come to a middle ground on how you both want to parent the same child. When the love is no longer there, sometimes feelings can be hurt and both people have to interact for the sake of the child, with no time to heal from the relationship. This process is truly a period of growth, some days are good and some days are bad. . . But as long as you remember the focus is the child and the love you both have for the child, you will get through it, but we know it always doesn't happen like that everytime. But keep trying.

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Alex Cameron and his band put on a fantastic show @thetroubadour last night. He came out on fire and got the crowd going straightaway. He never stopped moving; shaking and shimmying, getting the audience to sing along and boogie down. Exceptionally fun evening. (Heโ€™s playing tonight as well.) Shout out to @_oldrookie for turning me on to him. #gaslight #stepdad #badfortheboys

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Welp...the day finally arrived...her 1st middle school dance. Picked out her outfit and even curled/styled a little hair for her. Excuse me while I go hyperventilate into a bag for the next few hours. | #daughter #schooldance #growingup #girl #mygirl #lookingfly #shecute #stepdad #bonusdad #fridaynight | December 2019

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A second marriage does not mean that you are a failure, broken or tainted by your past....and it is not something to be ashamed of. . โ€ข๐‘ฐ๐’• ๐’Š๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’‚๐’–๐’•๐’š ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’‚๐’”๐’‰๐’†๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‚ ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’Ž๐’Š๐’”๐’† ๐’‡๐’–๐’๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’…โ€ข . Youโ€™re blended family is ๐‘ต๐‘ถ๐‘ป less than, chaotic beyond the norm ๐‘ถ๐‘น a group of dysfunctional misfits. . . ๐‘ฐ๐’• ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’ˆ๐’๐’–๐’‘ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’‘๐’๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’Ž๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’“, ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’‚๐’๐’•, ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’†๐’Ž๐’‘๐’‚๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’•๐’Š๐’„ ๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’‘๐’๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’‚๐’„๐’„๐’–๐’”๐’•๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‚๐’…๐’‹๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐’˜๐’†๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’“๐’๐’ˆ๐’‰ ๐’…๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’†, ๐’˜๐’‰๐’ ๐’“๐’Š๐’”๐’† ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’†๐’” ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’๐’†๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’–๐’„๐’„๐’†๐’†๐’…. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’˜๐’Š๐’”๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’‚๐’–๐’•๐’Š๐’‡๐’–๐’โ€ข . . As I write this I think about my husband and our six kids and AND what ๐‘จ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’›๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ people each are! I think about other blended families that I am blessed to know...what awesome families they are. All special to my heart succeeding beyond the stigma and statistics. Thriving, successful, beautiful families! . . ๐‘บ๐’ ๐’…๐’๐’'๐’• ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’‚๐’”๐’‰๐’Ž๐’†๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’†๐’„๐’๐’๐’… ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’“๐’“๐’Š๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’๐’“ ๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’๐’†๐’๐’…๐’†๐’… ๐’‡๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’š! ๐‘ฐ๐’‡ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‘๐’๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“ ๐’Š๐’•..๐‘ฑ๐’†๐’”๐’–๐’” ๐’„๐’‚๐’Ž๐’† ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’๐’†๐’๐’…๐’†๐’… ๐’‡๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’š. ๐‘ฉ๐’๐’๐’…๐’๐’š ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’†๐’—๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’‘๐’†๐’‚๐’Œ ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“๐’”..๐’€๐’๐’– ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’†๐’…. . This is YOUR family and its second to nothing! . Blessings๐Ÿงก . . . . #blended #blendedfamilies #beautyfromashes #restored #sixkids #miniblogger #microblogger #mombloggers #momdiaries #divorce #marriage365 #secondchanceromance

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aboutthislove. About This Love podcast question/quote of the day from this week's epi

About This Love podcast question/quote of the day from this week's episode- Elephant on the air. Tune into About This Love Podcast released on โ™ฅ๏ธAudiomack โ™ฅ๏ธYoutube & โ™ฅ๏ธFacebok โœจFOLLOW US ONโœจ Youtubeโžก๏ธ https://bit.ly/361omzQ Facebookโžก๏ธ https://www.facebook.com/aboutthislove211/ Audiomackโžก๏ธ https://audiomack.com/artist/about-this-love-podcast > > > > #newlyweds #podcasting #newpodcasts #audiomack #encouragement #love #marriedlife #marriedwithchildren #fatherhood #podsincolor #stepdad #fatherson #character #aboutthislove #endoflifeplanning #legacy #healing #aboutthislovepodcast

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Watching Idol on TV with mom and stepdad <3333 #family #mom #stepdad #watching #idol #love #blessed

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justemz. Thank you dad for being my rock and always understanding and supportin

Thank you dad for being my rock and always understanding and supporting me through everything I canโ€™t even put into words sometimes the upmost respect I have for you. โค๏ธ

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arilouwho. Continued from yesterday....(be patient with this long post, you WILL

Continued from yesterday....(be patient with this long post, you WILL want to know the ending!) On December 6th, 2006 at 3:58pm my entire life changed. The moment my first child was born, everything that used to matter-didnโ€™t. All the things that used to scare me-didnโ€™t. Everything I learned in life by that moment, everything I absorbed my entire life by my warrior family, everything that had been instilled in me, everything I dreamed of-was right there. I learned a whole different version of love, the day you were born. A love so fierce that no one on this earth could possibly contend with! However, a sibling or two could match it ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was never afraid of who you would be like, the person you would grow to be, if you would be a good friend, if you would love school, none of the things that most parents worry over-worried me. The biggest thing that worried me, and the only thing, was the fear of knowing what pain you would feel one day because of not knowing some very important people. That fear of you missing out on love you deserve from those people. But we figured it out. We learned to accept who has gone before us and be grateful for those who are here, and appreciate those even more that donโ€™t choose to disappear. You have grown into an incredible young man, Landon. I have never doubted the amazing human you are and will be! You were chosen for me, and I for you. Because someone up above knew that you would be just fine! For the most part, you are ๐Ÿ˜‰ You never ask for much. You get the best of grades. You challenge yourself daily. You enjoy participating in sports. Youโ€™re an amazing athlete. Youโ€™re strong in many ways. You are a great friend. Youโ€™re a ball of energy. You light up every single room you enter. And best of all, youโ€™re the first reason I am who I am today. You inspire me daily to keep being the best me, just like you have since my first laying eyes on you. Thereโ€™s nothing I wouldnโ€™t do for you my sweet boy, and thereโ€™s nothing we could think of that would could make you happier. I mean, itโ€™s only the one thing you have waited for-for your whole life... Today, is not JUST your birthday my new teenage son. (See comments for the rest)

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leorich_. Catch me on Tik Tok @LeoRich3

Catch me on Tik Tok @LeoRich3

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The award for step dad of the year goes to @shimshammie He set up our tree and put Buddy in it before leaving for work this morning and now Tao is convinced that Buddy the elf brought us a Christmas tree ๐ŸŽ„ #bestboyfriendever #elfontheshelf #buddytheelf #stepdad #killingit

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"Sons are the anchors of a mother's life" - Sophocles . . . I had no idea where life was going to take Caden and I. Being a single mom, was more than trying. But through it all, he was my anchor and sunshine. He is the goofiest kid I've ever met and the laughs and love we share are never ending. I'm forever thankful I get to be his mom and that I found a man who treasures and laughs with him, the same way I do. . . . What are you thankful for today? A person? A memory? A place? . . . . #mother #motherandson #motherhood #memories #thefuture #blendedfamily #stepdad #stepson #bonusdad #laugh #laughter #family #familyadventures #snow #christmastime #tistheseason #fridayvibes #snowballfight #travel #traveling #happiness #faith #mom #ourforever #thankful #bucketlist #travelblog #adventuresofthecs

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She stepped on a bee during our photo shoot and was having a tough time. He never hesitates. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € When I see him doing this, the word "step-dad" just doesn't even come close to capturing how beautiful their love is. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € The relationships that are formed in blended families are complicated, but their complexity makes the love even more special because it is fought for, chosen, and nurtured intentionally. And children long to be chosen. They long to be delighted in. They long to be seen, held, validated and encouraged. And their longing for their "extra parent"'s love is no less simply because they're not connected biologically; in fact, you could say it is even more intense because we don't "have to love them." โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € I remember when I was a single mom, in the dating world feeling sorry for myself because I felt like I was "too much" for a man. My therapist at the time looked at me and said words that forever changed me when she said, "no, Brooke, your motherhood and your daughter will be a gift for the right man." I had no idea how true her words were going to be.โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € The moment captured by the lovely, kind, beautiful @katenoelleโ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € -โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € -โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € -โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € -โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € -โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € -โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € -โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € -โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € -โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € -โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € -โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € -โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #secondwivesclub #blendedfamily #stepdad #stepmom #bonusdad #bonusmom #ocmoms #lifeisbeautiful #onlyloveisreal #australianshepherdsofisntagram #divorcerecovery #lagunabeach #orangecounty #momsofisntagram #dadsofinstagram #momlife #dadlife #katenoellephotography #stepfamiliy #marriage #husband #wife

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blendedfamilyfrappe. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ GOOD LUCK OUT THERE!!โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €
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๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ GOOD LUCK OUT THERE!!โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € .โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € .โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € .โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #goodluckwiththat #welcometothesuck #kiddingnotkidding #datingwithkids #datingafterdivorce #singlelifeproblems #stepmomproblems #singleparent #remarriage #blendedfamily #stepmom #stepdad #coparenting #stepmomlife #relationshiptips #stepparent #blendedfamilies #stepmum #coparent #coparents #stepmoms #stepmama #bonusmom #stepparents #stepmother #parentingproblems #stepmommy #blendedirl #blendedfamilyfrappe

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You can't stand alon

๐Ÿ’ฏ #Repost @blendedfamilyfrappe (@get_repost) ใƒปใƒปใƒป You can't stand alone as a stepparent; it's not all on you to "just try harder" with your stepkid. The entire success or failure of your blended family does NOT land entirely on you!โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € ๐ŸŒฑโ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Stepparenting is an ecosystem, not an island. You absolutely need your partner's help figuring out your place in the new family you're creating together. The role of the bio parent in a blended family must be an active one, not a passive one.โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € ๐ŸŒฑโ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € If you're struggling to connect with your stepkids and your partner just doesn't get it, I have a free ebook with tips to help - link's in my bio @blendedfamilyfrappeโ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € ๐ŸŒฑโ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € ๐ŸŒฑโ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € ๐ŸŒฑโ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € .โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € .โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € .โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € #tiptuesday #tuesdaythoughts #stepkids #marriagefirst #hanginthere #yougotthis #wecandohardthings #lovealwayswins #blendedfamily #stepmom #stepdad #coparents #coparenting #stepmomlife #relationshiptips #datingafterdivorce #custody #stepparent #blendedfamilies #stepmum #stepmoms #stepmama #bonusmom #stepparents #stepmother #parentingproblems #stepmommy #blendedfamilyfrappe

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