The Story about how this whole thing got started….
First lets start with my fairy tale – not the story book I have written.
Once upon a time, in the heart of the mid-west lived a woman named Amy Elizabeth. After making her way through the dark forest of divorce she found herself on the edge of a new and promising adventure. Her heart had been won over by a prince that offered her two very special gifts, his sons. On the threshold of a new adventure, she could foresee a few of the dangers and turmoils that laid ahead in the shadows. The adventure was new for everyone, not just for her, but for the children too. The decision was made that she was going to be the “Step Mom”. She knew the road to happily ever after as a new family was going to have to be paved with honesty and respect. In order for these mini men to accept her in their life her role was going to have to be defined, starting with a title. Step Mother is a mouthful to say and the name has been painted ugly in many fairy tales. She knew that her boys would never use such a title. So what should these mini men call her? We all agreed that they already had a Mom so that name didn’t work. Her first name didn’t seem right either, she was more than a friend. It was a problem that needed to be solved, but what was the right answer? Out of Mojo’s mouth bumbled out the answer. Trying to catch himself from calling her Mom – the name Momo came out instead. There it was, the difficult problem that was so perplexing us all was suddenly solved.
That my friends is how this whole thing started. I have navigated a fairly positive path with my husband, boys, and their Mother. Of course this was NOT easy and many days I wanted…no I needed some positive support and advice. I set out to find some and what I found instead was a lot of negativity. So many people were drowning in their troubles. Since I couldn’t find the positive supportive place that I was looking for – I created one. This is how the blog We Are Momo began.
Now for the book –
I also recognized that I was not on this Journey alone, my boys needed some help to. We worked a lot on communicating what my role was, and that I was not replacing Mom. That is why I have written this children’s book, What Is A Momo?. There are numerous books on divorce, but very few about what a Step Mother’s role is in a child’s life, explained at their level – so I wrote one. I set out to create a lighthearted, beautifully illustrated book that talked to kids about having a new Step Mom.
I invite you to purchase a copy ($6.99 available here on my blog). Maybe your children are the perfect age for it, or maybe you know someone that is new to the Step Mother role. Whatever the reason, I really feel that this book has a very special place in the world that is full of broken relationships. It is a wonderful tool to use to grow closer to your children that you want to open your heart and life to. Nobody would ever say that being a Step Mom is an easy thing, I just want to give you one more tool that may help you ease into it.
~ Amy Elizabeth
Thank you so much for reading! So what do your Step Children call you? There isn’t a wrong answer, I just want to hear yours! Leave me a comment and let me know.