Richelle - posted on 01/05/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )
My husband and I have a great relationship with my 9 year old SD but since my baby daughter was born 7 months ago I'm not sure if I love her anymore. I thought this feeling would pass with time and I know that the maternal love I have for my own daughter is a lot stronger.. that's natural. But we have my SD every 2nd week and I feel like I’m not as "free" on the weeks that she is here. I actually dread the Sunday nights that she is coming. But I have no reason too; I get along with her mother, she loves her baby sister, she's a respectful kid and always does her chores. I've known from the start that she is an attention seeker and that is really getting to me now and she is starting to get the pre-teen attitude. I’ve noticed that I’m not as loving towards her lately and I’m starting to feel guilty about that. Are my emtions normal? How can I be a better step-mom?