Spending holidays with your own family has plenty of stresses; doing so with your soon-to-be stepchildren has got to be next-level pressure. But if social media is to be believed, Heather Rae Young had a very successful Christmas with fiancé Tarek El Moussa and his kids, 10-year-old Taylor and 5-year-old Brayden.
“I feel so lucky to have these little sweet hearts in my life,” Young wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo of the family in front of the Christmas tree. “They bring so much happiness to my life. It’s so fun to watch their curious minds & teach them life lessons & watch them grow and learn.”
This strikes us as a pretty good attitude for a future stepmother — she’s open to the joy they’ll bring her. She also shared a peek into how her relationship with El Moussa’s children with ex-wife Christina Anstead has evolved.
“I’ve been close with Tay from the beginning,” Young wrote. “[I]t took longer for me to build a bond with Bray, but now we are besties. If you would have told me 18 months ago I’d be a bonus mama AKA (soon to be step mama) I’d say yeah right!!!! And now look raising 2 amazing kids with my sweet love @therealtarekelmoussa who is such an incredible daddy.”
As Christina Anstead goes through her own divorce from Ant Anstead, we can imagine that the fluctuation in family dynamics has been hard on the kids, particularly the younger Brayden. That’s why it’s so wonderful to see how they have had the chance to embrace Young as the new addition to their family.
Because her experience has been so rewarding, Young seemed to advise others to be open to the idea of a relationship with someone who already has kids.
“I committed 100% from day one & I am so thankful I listened to my gut & my heart because now I have a family,” she concluded.
For his part, El Moussa was a little less philosophical in his post-Christmas post, recapping their festivities.
“We honestly didn’t do much and it was perfect,” he wrote on Sunday. “We kept a very small group of immediate family, ate great food, and of course presents!”
As we look forward to 2021, we wonder who will be adding to this list of unique celebrity baby names.