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I am new to this section but not the the boards. I am not exactly a blended family officially yet.
I have been dating someone for 4 months now, although we have known eachother for 17 years. He has started unofficially living with me and my 3 kids. His daughter spends ever other weekend at my place.
The transition has been hard and I have lots of fears but so far its going ok. Thought I could get some great advice and insight here.
Welcome to Blended Families! I'm Rachel, mom of three (Sarah, almost 22; James, 19; and Daniel, 5) and step-mom to two (William, 11 and Clayton, 9). The step-sons live with us full time and see their mom about once a month, sometimes overnight, but usually not.
We're so glad to have you! Being in a blended family can sometimes be tough, but it definitely has it's rewards too. Feel free to vent, seek advice, and tell us all the great things about your blended family!
Welcome, I'm Chantelle, married, my DH has an almost 13 year old son from his previous marriage (this child has RECENTLY entered our lives, prior to recent, we never saw him, he did, but bio-mom refused to allow us, meaning me & the kids to see him), I have a son who is turning 10 soon from a previous relationship, my ex has since married & now has 1.5 year old twins (girl/boy). Then together, DH & I had 2 more children, both boys, ages 4.5 & almost 3, so yes, I have 4 boys & my son who is almost 10 is part of a very messed up Brady Bunch! I receive & pay child support, we have a court ordered visitation that has never been enforced and a situation where there is no court order that we have a more structured visitation. So as you can see, a docket #, a court battle, doesn't always make things better. At least in my case.
Again, welcome. Lots of BTDT gals on here, lots of great tips. You wont hear what you always WANT to hear, but you will hear the truth. Hope that makes sense. Some of us are going through some rough situations & others have been in it & gotten past it. Either way, it's a place that in the past at least, I've been able to come too & find the support I've needed. Hope you get what you need too.