altIn her latest blog post, country singer LeAnn Rimes muses about the ‘step’ in parenting within a blended family.

In a reflective entry on her website, the singer, who just released a new album yesterday, talks about being a stepmom to her husband Eddie Cibrian’s two sons, Mason and Jake. She wrote:

“Step. Stepmother, Stepfather, Stepchildren — the word ‘step’ can take on such a connotation to so many in our society. A family is a family. In my eyes. There’s no ‘step’ about it. It’s not easy being a stepparent, taking on a mother or father role in your new blended family and household. It can be incredibly intimidating.”

LeAnn also shares about equally loving her own stepdad and biological dad and clarifies that she is not trying to take over Brandi Glanville’s role as their mom.

“Eddie has always encouraged me to look at us as a family, and a part of our family are the two beautiful boys that we share with their mother and hopefully one day another wonderful man. One thing that I know is, I will never replace their mother. I would never try. I will however love them with all I have and do everything in my power to help raise them in a loving, safe and proper environment. Society will always call me a stepmom. In our house, in our family, we remove the ‘step.’ We really are all… simply family.”

Her post is worth a read – it’s really touching and hits home for many of us who live with a blended family dynamic.


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