Category: Step Children

Can We Have A Custody Re-do?

As of today, we are coming up on three years of custody stuff, and I finally feel like I’m allowing myself to begin the healing process. Oh, if only I could do it over again with what I am learning now, things would be much different. If you find yourself along for a similar ride, let me give you a few helpful ways to cope with a custody battle, that I learned after the fact:

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Lessons Learned in the Court Battle

My stepson is a Leukemia survivor, and within a few months of being diagnosed, the Make-A-Wish Foundation awarded him a trip to see “real” castles in England.  Naturally, we wanted his big sister to share this once in a lifetime experience, and my husband approached her mom (different mom than my stepson) about getting my stepdaughter a passport.  She refused to give permission for the passport or the trip, and we sought the help of a lawyer.

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What Parenting a Teenager has Taught Me as a Stepdad

Spoiler alert, raising a teenager is understandably known as a painstaking experience. For a parent who has never had a child before, like myself, the teenage years can be overwhelming. The child may often be quick to remind you that you are not their parent and your spouse may even run to their defense during times of conflict. One minute you and your spouse are on the same page, the next minute you are in the hot seat. This is a sensitive and precarious time. 

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