Hi I'm new to this forum and lesbian step-parenting of sorts; help?
Hi gay mommas, I dont really have a specific question today I am just looking for people to talk to that have also or are also navigating the complicated world of queer parenting and blended families. I know zero about interacting with small children and less about raising them, but my new partner and I are very much in love, and she has 5 year-old twins.Im not trying to jump in and be step-mom or authoritative or anything disrespectful or foolish... but I want to be able to support her and help out and appropriately build a relationship with her children because this is happening.
Actually, I do have a question: babysitting, I need to figure out how to do that sometimes. These kids are 5, testing boundaries, and probably confused about their moms' divorcing and dating. I dont know how to dicipline, I dont want to honestly, but the other day one of the children was agressively pestering my small dog, scaring him, chasing him, and swinging a bat at him. I had to intervene to protect my dog and the child who may have gotten himself bitten. How should I handle that? And should I be worried that the child is taking aggression at me out on my dog? Was it just play? Thoughts?