Alexis - posted on 03/12/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )
My step daughter visits us every other weekend and during a majorty of the summer. She mainly lives with her mother which is 3 hours away from our house. Because she only visits us 4 days out of the month it's hard for her to maintain friendships down here or even find kids her age because she doesn't go to school down here. I have tried on several occasions to bring her school friends from her mom's area down here for the weekend to hang out with her but I can't get any of the girls mom's to say yes.
My daughter is 12 going on 13 and ever gets to hang out with any of her friends, even on her mom's time! Her mom's husband went back to Iraq for the 3rd time and is so depressed that she has made her daughter the second parent to her two younger siblings. Not only does my step daughter have to see us every other weekend but on the weekends she's with her mom, she takes her out of town to her grandmothers house so she can get some extra helping hands with her kids. Her mom is robbing her of her childhood and I feel helpless because even when my step daughter is down here I can't give her what she needs (a group of close friends) because I can't find any her age! Does anyone have any ideas? I need HELP!