Amanda - posted on 07/09/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )
Welcome new members! I have not been been checking this as regularly as I would like but I will start...I think supporting each other is necessary!
How is everyone?
Let's hear a little about your situations....about mine: I have been with my partner almost five years and we have an 11 year old and a 13 year, both from her previous marriage. They are wonderful kids and I feel so blessed to be in thier lives. Of course we have our challenges (as with any kids).. These are things like: discipline, how the kids explain to thier friends that I am thier mom's same sex partner, having custody half the time, our extended family and thier beliefs, etc......
When I first got in this relationship I looked many places for advice. There is a lot available about being a step-parent and that helps, but not much is specific to the same-sex step parenting role. Our biggest challenge at the beginning was explaining our relationship to the kids.
I would love to hear how others did this, and if any of you know of any resources out there that I may have never come across.