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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sometimes Family Doesn't Understand

I have really hesitated on writing this post but after a comment from a sibling today, I am over it. Sometimes family just doesn't understand. Think I'm being obnoxious? Just read through these various statements I hear on a day to day basis:

"Not your kids, not your problem"

"Do you realize you are just helping people who are never going to appreciate what you are doing?"

"Let their mother figure out what to do with them"

"Your kid comes first"

"You are never going to get ahead in life if you continue in this relationship"

"Just leave them all and come live with me"

I'm sure there is more but these are the constants. Being in a blended family/step-family, whatever you want to call it, is difficult enough without unnecessary comments. I mean, we are 2 adults and 3 children trying to make something work that has a 60% failure rate. You would think that my family members would be supportive but nope, not them. Sometimes, I think back to see if there was something I said that bothered someone along the way but I didn't. I made a choice, a choice I am happy with. I've actually made many choices I am happy with. Our family life isn't always rainbows and sunshine but I am happy. I am happy as a mom of three (every child is the same to me). I am happy getting to spend summer vacation with all three. I am happy that we talk and laugh and love fiercely.

My choice of partner is widely criticized. Here is a man who has overcome many obstacles in life to be a college graduate, great father, loyal partner and incredible step-father. Above anything else, the incredible step-father part should be immensely appreciated by my family. Adrian is tough, extremely jealous and stubborn and JC has stepped up to the plate and parented him just like he does his biological children. He has been Adrian's father for the past five years. Has my family even whispered a thank you? Nope!

Nine years ago, I made the decision to become a single mother. It wasn't the smartest decision on my part but it was a decision I made. Five years ago, I decided to take a leap into a relationship with a man who had two small children. I have no regrets about this decision. I love my family. Sure we don't look alike or share the same genes but that doesn't make us any less of a family. We are a tight unit. I love each and everyone of them and I do this for me. It brings me great joy to be able to raise a family with JC and I know people will always criticize. I just wish it wouldn't be my family.

1 comment:

  1. I learned a hard lesson years ago that family can be your worst enemy. I don't speak to any of my family members myself and I'm the only one that gives full time care with the help of three home attendants to my grandma who has Alzheimer's. For many years I tried to get along, to ignore, to swallow all my family was dishing then one day I woke up and realized I have value too. I deserve respect and that its ok to love people from a distance. They can be in your heart but not in your life and I've never looked back and I have such peace now I'd never go back to that woman who thought family really was everything. Family are those that add to your life not take away.
    If you have a partner that loves all of you and vice verse then that's your family. Don't give these people power to distroy which what you guys are building. Best of luck xo, keep your head up.



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