6. She is a responsible adult and not a teenaged babysitter.
Heather: I would much rather my daughter’s stepmother babysit than a neighbor or a teenager.
Deesha: And if she has kids of her own, she has parenting experience under her belt. Some stepmoms play a support role while others may be your child’s primary caregiver during much of your ex’s parenting time, especially if the child is very young, if the stepmom is a stay-at-home mom, or if your ex’s job requires travel or long hours.
7. She is organized and efficient.
Deesha: Most married moms and stepmoms I know are the COOs of their households. A stepmom may keep chaos at bay and help your ex avoid conflicts in the parenting time schedule. Again, it’s not that men aren’t capable or shouldn’t be expected to manage their own co-parenting situation, but the reality is that some stepmoms become the default keeper of the family calendar.
BMWK: Can you think of additional reasons why stepmoms are great? If you know an awesome stepmom, give her a shout out in the comments below.