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    While for some 'tis the most wonderful time of the year, the holidays can pose some true challenges, especially for "untraditional" families. And let's face it, whose family is traditional these days? If you are one of the many Americans whose lives don't match the Hallmark commercials seen on...
  2. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    Hi, I'm a single mom and have an 11yr old son. My son's dad was with a woman for 6yrs, my son grew close with this woman's 2 sons, who are close in age to my son. My ex ended it with the woman, and it's been rough on the kids not being able to see each other. The mother and I tried to stay...
  3. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    Hi everyone, I have three kiddos, two girls (6&7) from a previous marriage. My husband has been with me and my girls since they were 2&3, they know him as their dad. Now, this is a DREAM COME TURE for us, because we thought their biological father would haunt us forever (bad addiction with him...
  4. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    My ex-wife married a sex offender (at the prison), and she plans on having him live with our kids when he is released later this year. In my home state of Tennessee, a man guilty of molesting a girl as young as 13 can live with minor children! I'd appreciate any help/advice. Thanks!!! Dave
  5. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    Okay, so here is the breakdown. I've been dealing with this in my head for a week or so and have no idea where to turn, I don't want biased opinions from friends or to say the wrong thing to my partner before I get my thoughts straight. My partner and I recently got engaged, he has been...
  6. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    I have been with my husband for 11 years and married for 6. We have 6 children, 3 months, 3, 9, 11, 13 and 15. The oldest 2 are from previous relationships. When I met my husband my daughter who is now 15 was 3. He has always been hard on her as she was a ratbag, but as the years have gone on...
  7. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    Hi I am 25 years old and my boyfriend of 3 years is 38. We have a 2 year old daughter together and a baby on the way. He has a 16 year old daughter from a previous marriage and she makes my life a living hell. The first couples months were ok then everything started to change. She would knock...
  8. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    have a complicated situation with my family and it is really stressing me out. Me and my Husband have been together for just over 3 years. We have a son that just turned 2. My husband was married before me, and he had 3 children. They are very much a part of our lives, as hard as the mother has...
  9. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    <p>So my SO's ex's latest demand for a custody change (the change is occurring because she is choosing to move 5 hours away for a job and to be closer to her boyfriend, who she is currently cheating on in front of her kids, even though she received a job offer 45 minutes away...you can probably...
  10. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    <p>Ok this is going to be a long one i think....</p> <p> </p> <p>So me and DH have been married for 7 months, but living together for about 3 years now. So all our kids have adjusted to all this and everything. I have DS 12, DD almost 10, and DD 7 1/2 , they spend 50/50 between me and their...
  11. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    <p>Hello I'm new to this forum and I've got a question!</p> <p> </p> <p>We're a family of five, my husband, myself, my son (10) two step-daughters (3&7) and our six month old baby. </p> <p> </p> <p>My husband has weekend visits from his daughters and that is usually just fine.  However this...
  12. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    <p>Ok, I'm writing about my cousin & his wife. They're relatively newly married (less than 2 years), expecting a baby, and she has a 6 yr old. My cousin has a 13 yr old who is w/ his mom most of the time.</p> <p><br> The 6 yr old is distressed about all the changes: new home, new father figure...
  13. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    <p> </p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom:0cm;"><b>Do You Have A Step Parenting Story To Share?</b></p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom:0cm;"> </p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom:0cm;">I live in the UK and I am a 27 year old full time step mother to 3 boys whom I have...
  14. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    <p>Hey all, just found out the ex is moving about 5 hours away. We're still working out the details of custody, but the assumption is one parent will have the kids for the summer and all holidays and school breaks and the other parent will have them the rest of the year. We're in WI and she is...
  15. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    <p>Some History:</p> <p>I left my son's bio-dad when I was 5 months pregnant, and he hasn't been in our lives since.</p> <p>We met my current and most awesome husband when my son was almost 2yo.</p> <p>My son (9) refers to dh as "my dad", but uses his name when speaking <em>to</em> him.</p>...
  16. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    <p>I am wondering how visits work with teenagers because you can not force them to live with a certain parent or have visits.</p>
  17. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    <p>Child support and visitation are 2 totally different cases in the state of which my SD was born.  We went to court and got support set up for my husband and his high school girlfriend after we got married.  We had backpay and we paid the support through the court.  We didn't live in that...
  18. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    <p>We live on one side on the US, and our families and my step daughter lives on the other side of the US.</p> <p>My SD lives with her mother.  They go and visit my mother on occasions, ie birthdays, holiday, softball games.  My mom really doesn't call too much.  I pretty much ask the questions...
  19. Blended and Step Family Parenting
    <p>   So, I have a deliquate situation. My fiance and I have been together almost 5 years. He has a 14 year old and a 5 year old daughter. The 14 yr old has come to stay with us every other weekend the whole time but the 5 year old we haven't seen in almost 3 years. Her mom contacted us...
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