We are constantly teaching our girls that love is what makes a family. If you haven’t heard by now, my little family is not your traditional cookie cutter family, we are a blended one. Pappa Bear is not Zoey’s biological dad but he sure as heck takes care of her and loves her like Lia. Nowadays, having a blended family is no shocker, it’s become quite the norm. Yet, even with it being so common we still get judged and what not because of it.
Pappa Bear and I are also not officially married. We love each other like we are and I can’t possible image an official marriage making me love him more. He is a wonderful man and partner and even more amazing father. But, Zoey has actually been told the words “He is not your stepdad because they are not married”. Words that NO ONE should be telling a 7 year old. So my response to that was “Do you love him like family? In your heart is he family?” Her responses of course were yes, so I made sure she knew that it’s about love not blood or a piece of paper.
In a world with so much hatred the best thing we can do is teach our kids to love and to be proud of who they love. If to Zoey Pappa Bear is her dad, then he is! If his family is her family then they are! But we made the decision to counter that comment with love and not more hatred.
Sure our little 4 family is blended, but we love each other just like any other “normal” family. She loves her sister more than anyone on this Earth and Lia loves her the same way. Pappa Bear takes care of them both the same way and his world revolves around them. He wants to teach her about the world & fuel her dreams and goals.
Partnering up with Pride Socks was an opportunity I will treasure so much because in order to write this I dug deep into my life. Rachel founded this company from her love for socks and her love for individuality. Pride Socks celebrates diversity and believes in the power of owning who you are, “At Pride Socks, we believe when people are proud of who they are, where they are and what they do in life, they can and will accomplish their dreams.” Their vision is one I wholeheartedly believe in. It is based on this idea of being proud of who you are and of your family and what you believe that we are raising our girls.
We want them to be proud of our family, to be proud of where they come from. Having this type of love for not only our family, but society as a whole is how we feel they will become beautiful human beings. No hateful comments will matter. Our family is blended, but our family is full of love. Always has been and always will be. These are not just socks, they are a way of life.