I've been meaning to post an intro and join this forum....but seem to have trouble getting and keeping my head above water enough to pull it off. I have a 14-year-old DSD and a 4-year-old DD with DH. My 14-year-old DSD came to live with us full-time for the school year (Sept - June) last August. She had previously come to stay with us for 5-6 weeks each summer.
All in all its going wonderfully. She's a great kid. It has just been very challenging going from 4 to 14 without having experienced the intervening years or having shared history (DH and I have been together almost 6 years). Also struggling to get used to having two kids...let alone a teenager. I feel like a total dork a lot of the time. My own adolescence offers absolutely no guidance whatsoever. I also feel exhausted by the juggling involved with coordinating activities for two....probably exacerbated by jumping into all of this during the teen years without an organic growth process or evolved community support network. But I do feel as though it going quite well in spite of my cluelessness....I mostly want to be able to relax and enjoy our relationship more. I also need to get much much better at creating time to take care of myself. I have had great trouble finding any time for myself since DSD arrived. I'm a WOHM so this was never especially easy...
Anyway, sorry for the book. I look forward to meeting all of you!