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Loving skid like your own....
November 17, 2012 at 1:59 AM
Belittles the bond between a mother and child. In my opinion.

Is it just me? I don't think I could ever love a child like I love my own....does that make me a bad step mom :/


  • faerie75
    November 17, 2012 at 2:07 AM
    I don't love my skids like my own. I do love them but not the same at all.
  • luckystars2012
    November 17, 2012 at 2:14 AM
    It's ok that you feel that way, because it's about your bond with your sk.

    Not everyone is capable of such an extending love.

    It's not a bad thing, it's not saying anything negative about you, we all just love differently that's all.
  • HeadKrobe8789
    November 17, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    I personally love mine like she's my own.  She doesn't have too much of a bond with her own mother so I don't think it's belittling to them.  She knows I'm not her mother but that I'm still a parent/friend to her.  I think that you're always going to prefer your own blood to someone else's but that's just me.

  • slashteddy
    November 17, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    I think it depends on the situation. Like, whether or not you love your stepkid(s) as if they were your own kid(s) the important thing is that the stepkids are not treated worse than biological kids, or that the step parent doesn't go out of their way to spoil their bio kids in front of the step kids, y'know? As long as everyone involved is happy and healthy and not feeling left out, then that's all that matters imo.

  • SavesSpiders
    November 17, 2012 at 6:23 AM
    I don't think that makes you a bad step mom, but I would caution you about expressing that feeling out loud. There are many "true" parents out there who have not physically given birth to their children, e.g. those who have adopted, those who really do love their SKs like their own, who could be offended by this. Love and bonding are.very personal issues, about which women feel very strongly. You never know if a woman is "childless" by choice, so please tread lightly here outside of our forum.
  • whatIknownow
    November 17, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    I agree with you OP, in most situations. I think most SMs who say they love them like their own, really don't. Now I'm not doubting that some do. But the childless SM who has been married for 6 months whose DH has EOWE, when she says she loves them like her own, I think she is just using a rhetorical phrase and I don't believe it is true.

    (not saying that  is your particular sitch).

    I have been a CSM for 10 years and I would say that I have a very strong bond with my stepkids, but I know the difference. I hope to have a long, successful run as an important family member. I hope they come to see me in the nursing home and put flowers on my grave every year. I hope they tell stories to their children about me. All that stuff. I lose sleep over them, I worry, I hurt when they hurt, again - all that stuff. But still I know the difference between what i feel for them, which is a lot, and what I feel for my biokids.

    And similiarly, even though their mother didn't raise them, they have a certain type of love for her that they will never duplicate with me. It's not a function of how good a SM I was (or will be), but a function of biology and the early bond that formed while they were babies, in her care.

    but all that said, I do tend to agree that when the phrase is used most of the time, it downplays the significance of the mother/child bond.

  • angelmommy2806
    November 17, 2012 at 7:39 AM
    I don't think I could love them the same. I care for them and do the same things I do for Ds since I'm a CSM. The feelings I have for them are different.
  • Polkadotted
    November 17, 2012 at 7:47 AM
    I was quite disappointed when I didn't fell a stronger bond with DS when I had him than I had with my skids. I thought I was broken at first.
  • LucyHarper
    November 17, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Um, no, it doesn't. How in any way does loving another child take away from your biological kids. So when someone adopts a child, they shouldn't love them as their own?

  • SammyJK
    by SammyJK
    November 17, 2012 at 7:55 AM
    I dont think it belittles the bp at all.
    Doesnt make you a bad sp if you dont.
    I really dont think that a lot of sps do love love their sks like their own. More so if you dont have bks of your own because then you really dont know what its like to love your own flesh and blood bk. Many may also WANT to love the sks like their own. Jmo

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