As I mentioned in an earlier post, I agreed to take my stepdaughter for 5 weeks this summer. I’m not even going to lie, I was less than excited about it. Not because I didn’t want to spend time with her, but because I didn’t know what to do with her all day, every day! We made it work though! We made muffins, dinner, played, watched movies, worked, went to work lunches & more!
The 5 weeks overall went very well! The first week was a breeze! She was very helpful with my 18 month old, and was very well behaved! The second week was good, but got a little rocky. This was a HUGE challenge for me. I am not just a stay at home mom, I also have a full time, work from home, job. I had a difficult time not getting easily upset from little things I probably shouldn’t have let get to me. Either way, first two weeks overall were not too bad.
Then there was week three! I signed my stepdaughter up for robotics camp (which she was super pumped about). This camp was only a 1/2 day, so it was my responsibility to get her to & from….. On top of everything else I have going on! I probably should have thought more about that, but oh well! I thought she would be happy since she really enjoyed this camp, but I was wrong. For some reason, she just did not want to listen to me at all. At some points she even flat out told me “no” or refused to do things I asked. I was not sure what to do because this is not something I have had to deal with before! Needless to say, I was looking forward to her going back to her moms for the weekend, because I needed a break.
Week four was absolutely awesome! I signed her up for an all day science & nature camp at a really cool park in our area. She was super excited, until the night before. She got so nervous for some reason, but she went. She also called me because she was “sick” a few hours after I left her. My husband & I had a long talk with her & she eventually admitted that she did not really like it because there was nobody her age. Ok, I get that & felt really bad for her. My husband and I talked her into trying one more day (I was told there were 2 little girls her age there). To our surprise, she agreed! I have to say, I was so incredibly proud of her for stepping out of her comfort zone! Needless to say, she made 2 little friends & loved it! PHEW!!!
Week five was a bummer because of our car accident. But, even though we were all cooped up in the house trying to heal, she was back to her normal self of being amazing! She was so good and such a big help!
So, now that she is back with her mom during the week….. I really miss her! I am so thankful for my five weeks with her, good or bad!
The Scrambling Stepmom
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