Self-described “bonus mom” LeAnn Rimes is opening up about the joys and challenges of being a stepparent to her husband Eddie Cibrian‘s sons Mason, 8, and Jake, 4.
In a new blog post titled “No Step About It,” the crooner writes, “It’s not easy being a stepparent, taking on a mother or father role in your new blended family and household. It can be incredibly intimidating…. As a parent you try everything in your power to make it easy on the kids, to make them feel like there’s more love than they could ever imagine, not less.”
She admits it’s not always easy: “There are many obstacles to overcome… two households with different rules, many different personalities and opinions that can pose issues at times. But it’s important to take the highroad for the kids’ sake and ultimately for your own.”
Though LeAnn says that she treats the boys “as if they are my own,” she makes a point of noting that she would never try to replace their mother.
“Eddie has always encouraged me to look at us as a family and a part of our family are the two beautiful boys that we share with their mother and hopefully one day another wonderful man,” she writes, adding, “One thing I know, is that I will never replace their mother, I would never try. I will however love them with all I have and do everything in my power to help raise them in a loving, safe and proper environment.”
LeAnn, who married Eddie earlier this year, concludes the post by writing, “These two little boys came into my life for a reason and I think I came into theirs for a reason too. And through all the challenges I speak of, we’ve found an amazing relationship full of laughter, respect and love. It’s beyond rewarding to be able to help Eddie raise the boys and shape their lives. I take my role very seriously and I’m proud of the peaceful, loving environment Eddie and I have created for our family in our household. Society will always call me a stepmom, the boys will call me Le, but in our house, in our family, we remove the ‘step.’ We really are all… simply family.”
Jake and Mason’s mom Brandi Glanville has also been making headlines this week – she made her debut on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills last night.
What do you think of LeAnn’s post?