Another cranky therapy session, move along, nothing to see here.
Dang, this blog is way cheaper than seeing a shrink!
I once knew a lady who claimed that having step-children was more difficult than parenting your natural children. She often said that she was more proud of her relationship with her step-son than any other relationship.
Interesting that this lady actually had three step-children and two of them were persona non-grata even though they lived far away from home. Also interesting is that the one step-son in whose relationship she was so proud told me that when he was around his step-mom, he always kept at least one eye open.
Coincidently this ladies step-children, who came into her life at ages 17 – 22, were my own natural children. What a terrific step-parent to make a man choose between his wife and his children. What an idiot parent to choose his wife. I’m not going to say any more on that part of this post.
I would imagine that having very young step-children, especially from a broken home can be challenging. I currently have two step-children who are grown up. Grown up step-children are the best. When they screw up…not my fault. When they do great things…it makes me proud and happy.
I would suggest to the lady who constantly asserted that having step-children was so very difficult, maybe it was difficult because you sucked at it. Maybe it would have been easier if you just knew how to step aside and mind your own fecking business, maybe it would have been easier if you did not make a concerted effort to piss them off and kick them out of my life. Anyway, you missed out on some truly great relationships. You alienated two great kids and scared the crap out of another. Fortunately I now have the relationships with all my children back.
In addition I also have two step-children. They are not difficult; they are a delight…most of the time.