Attending church on Mother's Day is an awkward time for many stepmoms. Pastors can change that with words like, "Today is Mother's Day, a time to honor God's gift we call mom. If you're a mom, a stepmom, an adoptive mother, a foster mother, or a woman who cares for children in any capacity would you please stand so we can honor you." It may seem trivial but specifically using the word "stepmom" is really validating. And it encourages her stepchildren to consider her worth and appreciate her.