As if raising kids of your own isn't hard enough, that responsibility is doubly hard as a step-parent. Step-parents get a bad rap almost from the get-go. Jason and I have been married for almost fourteen years. He came in with three (actually two at the time with one on the way) and I came in with three. We've never conceived a child together. Minus the maid, we are the modern day Brady Bunch. Early on, if Jason and I ever fought about anything, it was almost always about the kids. And if he and I weren't arguing about it, we were going at it with the other parents involved. Ugly, I tell ya! I swore that if he and I ever got divorced, it for sure was going to be because of the blended family breakdown.
me and Jason with our six kids in April
The first day my daughter met Jason she made it perfectly clear she didn't need another father in her life. One day all six kids would like each other and the next day it was a war of mine versus his. In all brutal honesty, it took a few years for us to mend the gap and just learn to all get along. I can't change the past but, knowing what I know now, I would've walked into the relationship a totally different way. It took a few years of complete chaos but we finally got it right. His kids are mine and my kids are his. We all get along and feel as if we are a complete family.
Are you in a blended family relationship? What are your experiences or what is your advice for a blended family?