Redeeming Cinderella’s Stepmother

Today, I am honored to be guest posting for Rachel Held Evans. I am sharing my thoughts on faith and step-parenting. 

Redeeming Cinderella’s Stepmother

Summer by Mark Askins

No little girl ever wants to be Cinderella’s stepmother. We dream of princes and balls and weddings and babies, but all of those things would belong to us first. We would mother our own biological children, not someone else’s. No one wants to be a stepmother.


The Bible doesn’t offer us a shining example of a stepmother. We could posit that Sarah was the stepmother of Hagar’s son Ishmael; however, she forced both Hagar and Ishmael to leave after the birth of her son, Isaac. Not the best pattern to follow. Literature isn’t kind to us either. We give away poison apples, prey upon feeble-minded men, and force servitude upon the stepchildren. Even the Greek playwright, Euripides said that “it is better to be a serpent than a stepmother.”


I am stepmother, not a stereotype.


To read the rest of this post, please head over to Rachel Held Evan’s blog. I’m part of her series Faith in Parenting.

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4 thoughts on “Redeeming Cinderella’s Stepmother

  1. I commented on the full post over at Rachel’s blog, but I just want to say that you are an amazing woman. Loving the children of another and taking them into your heart as your own is to be commended, not condemned. 

  2. wow – this has truly touched me now.  i read your blog entry on rachel’s blog. i am a stepmom of two kids. it’s a hard and lonely road and nobody will really understand if they’re not on this road. i love my stepkids like my own … 😉 

  3. Loved this post. I have a step-mother and now that I have children of my own, I look at what she did and I am in awe. Thanks for sharing and for opening up the topic for conversation. It definitely needs to be discussed. Glad you added your link to the Parenthood this week!

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