Parenting Mantra: Proceed and Be Bold!


Parenting a blended family, stepfamily, traditional family, or whatever family situation you’ve got, is about the most challenging and rewarding task a person can take on. While it’s good to be deliberate, and think through all your choices, getting caught up in the finer points while sacrificing the joy of bold, powerful living is a mistake.

Some years ago I bought this poster (left) as a gift. I should have brought home two, because as mantras go, you can’t do much better than “Proceed and Be Bold”. I would love to see this print framed and placed on the wall where I could see it daily. It’s clear, simple text makes me feel strong.

As blended family parents, we’re trailblazers. We’re the first generation of blended families to be able to joyfully proclaim our blended family status to the world. Because divorce is now more common than not, no one’s going to fault you for your practice marriage, and they won’t give the stinkeye to your motley crew of kids and stepkids. We’re living in a time where there’s considerably more acceptance for every possible family configuration, and the path that led you to where you are now matters much less to the rest of the world than who you are today. So proceed! And be BOLD.