Stepmom of the year!
When LeAnn Rimes said "I do" to Eddie Cibrian in April, she became much more than just a wife: she also became a stepmom to his and Brandi Glanville's sons Mason. 7, and Jake, 4.
But in a blog posted Monday, the 29-year-old singer-actress says there's nothing "step" about her role in the boys' lives. "Step. Stepmother, Stepfather, Stepchildren -- the word 'step' can take on such a connotation to so many in our society," she says. "A family is a family. In my eyes. There's no 'step' about it."
"It's not easy being a stepparent, taking on a mother or father role in your new blended family and household," she says. "It can be incredibly intimidating."
But while the country star admits raising stepchildren presents "many obstacles to overcome," she points out that it's "important to take the high road for the kids' sake and ultimately your own."
Rimes says she treats her hubby's sons "as if they are my own." She even hopes that Glanville, who divorced the Playboy Club star in 2010, will remarry. "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 says.
"One thing that I know is, I will never replace their mother," she adds. "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."
Rimes knows "society will always call me a stepmom," but says "In our house, in our family, we remove the 'step.' We really are all... simply family."