Jenna Korf is a certified stepfamily coach who draws on her own experiences as a stepmom to help others. On her blog, Jenna explores tricky topics, like the importance of sticking up for yourself, making time for self-care, and how to keep your cool on family vacations. Jenna’s coaching side comes out in podcast-esque calls where she doles out advice with the help of other stepmom experts.
Let's talk about the stress associated with feeling like an outsider during the holidays.
This is probably one of the most challenging stressors to deal with, especially if you still have some lingering childhood insecurities.
One of the reasons it can be difficult is because being around an already-formed family, before you've really bonded, can feel very much like rejection.
The sad thing is if this was a woman, telling the teacher that her ex was abusive and she wasn't comfortable being in the same room, I'm 99% sure the teacher would make an arrangement for separate meetings.