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Im a new step mom of a 10 yo and it’s stressful since it’s hard for my colleagues to understand I’m now a mother even though I didn’t give birth.

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When our identity shifts, we need to act as leaders by communicating our values, goals, and expectations with those around us. Perhaps not everyone will understand, but start with those colleagues who are the most important to your on-going success. Make time to connect about mutual expectations and, whether you talk specifically about your kids or not, you'll feel closer and better understood.

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