Readers write letters to CyberParent about stepparenting.
Readers write CyberParent about being a stepparent.Letters from CyberParent readers discuss their issues with stepparenting.
I HAVE BEEN A STEP MOM FOR ALMOST 4 YEARS NOW. MY STEP DAUGHTER HASRECENTLY COME BACK INTO OUR LIVES (SHE’S 10). I TRY VERY HARD TO BE A GOOD STEPMOM, BUT THERE IS A LOT OF RESENTMENT ON MY PART.
AFTER WE WERE MARRIED I LEARNED THAT MY HUSBAND DID NOT WANT ANY MORECHILDREN.
MY HEART IS BROKEN, BUT BECAUSE OF WHAT MY HUSBAND WENT THROUGH WITH HISEX-GIRLFRIEND HE HAS A HARD TIME TRUSTING THAT IF WE DIVORCE I WOULD NOT ACT THE SAME WAY SHEDID. IT WAS TRUST ME A VERY VERY BAD SITUATION FOR SOME TIME. ANY HOW, I CAN’T STAND WATCHING MY HUSBAND AND HIS DAUGHTER TOGETHER, KNOWING I WILL NEVER HAVE MY CHILDREN HAVING THAT TYPE OF RELATIONSHIP, I WILL NEVER BE A "REAL MOM".
I KNOW MOST WILL SAY THE PROBLEM IS WITH MY HUSBAND, BUT WE REALLY LOVEEACH OTHER AND I DON’T WANT TO LEAVE HIM BUT I NEED TO VENT THE ANGER I FEEL TOWARDS HIS DAUGHTER , HIS EX, AND EVEN HIM. HE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND AT ALL. I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE THE THIRD WHEEL EVEN THOUGH HE WANTS US TO BE A HAPPY FAMILY. I CAN’T PUT ALL OF THAT RESENTMENT ASIDE, SO USUALLY I JUST DO MY OWN THING SO I DON’T HAVE TO SEE IT.
THANK YOU FOR LISTENING
Hello, I am having a terrible time trying to figure out why life can be unhappy when you marry someone with illegitimate children. My husband and I have been married for 3 years. One child (is legitimate now thru court) is 15 which he claims publicly and supports. The other was born to a woman who was married to another person at the time and she is 5 years old. He had no say so on whether she would have the child or not. Basically, this was the mother’s decision and her second marriage ended because of it. The problem is that the mother of this child has gone out of her way to make our marriage a living hell. Once they agree on a child support amount, everything changes when we have a special event in our lives. This incident was a one night stand, they do not talk, he does not see the child. She did not want support at first. She only started asking for it through the courts after we got married. They had agreed upon an amount and everything was fine until we had a child last year. Now we have to go to court again. I also have 2 children from a previous marriage and my new husband has recently adopted them. I do not have contact with my former spouse and it has worked out wonderfully. I can see both ends of the spectrum here. But is there anything I can do? I’ve been harassed with unwanted telephone calls and pictures of the child that he didn’t want either. All of us are police officers but I have not received any support from her job because they have recently condoned the behavior because it is his child. He refuses to legitimize the daughter but he is supporting the child. Does this mean that we have to get harassed about an unwanted pregnancy that happened 6 years ago until the child support ends or is there anything we can do besides obtaining a restraining order against the mother? Please help me!!! I would love to live in peace and harmony for a change.
Sincerely, S P
Does a step parent have any rights when it comes to a step child. I am the "wicked" step mother and "mother" doesn’t like me. The children adoreme and I would do anything for them. I made some phone calls on my step daughter’s behalf, instead of her father doing this, and have been admonished by her mother. I am now no longer allowed to phone their home, step foot on her property, or do anything on the children’s behalf. Can she have this power over me? This is an ugly situation and I feel that it can do nothing but hurt the kids. I have tried for four years to have a conversation with this woman, but she refuses and wants no part of me. what should I do. I have a real hard time standing by and watching the kids get hurt (emotionally). I know she loves her kids.
I think you do have some rights when acting on the request of your husband,particularly if the father is absent and the children are with you. And I think you are right. She is hurting her children more than you. Just keep loving the kids. No one can ever have too many people loving them. Will your husband intercede? JK
CAN YOU GIVE ME ANY INFO ON HOW TO BE A GOOD STEPMOTHER? I’VE BEEN MARRIED FOR 2 YEARS.
I have a very blended family, it consists of a yours, mine and ours. My question is how do we get the family to blend when we are all together?
Another question, how do I get my husband to get over the guilt he feels for not being in his son’s life more and to get him to quit taking it out on his "new" family?
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