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Bonus Mothers & Blended Households – Half 2

Thanks for all of you guys’ wonderful responses and dms after my Half I publish about blended households and bonus mothers – I used to be doing a Q&A on tales yesterday and realized I by no means posted the half 2! I really like with the ability to deliver a extra open dialog round blended households and motherhood as a bonus mama.


Q: Do you get a protracted with Cody’s ex-wife? Do you guys hang around?

A. Im actually grateful all of us get a protracted. 

One factor I wanted might have been totally different for me rising up, was that when my mother and father obtained divorced they might have been mates (I really like each my mother and father very a lot and I do know no household is ideal, but it surely was laborious at instances feeling that pressure). They lived throughout the nation from one another, so that they didn’t must see one another a lot. After I would go to go to my mother I might fly on my own (I don’t know in the event that they nonetheless do that, however I began at like 5 or 6 years outdated and my mother and father would stroll me to the gate and then you definately sit in again row by flight attendant and do the flight by yourself. I even have lots of enjoyable recollections with tremendous variety flight attendants who would play video games and stuff with me. I believe that is additionally a part of the rationale I discovered to develop into fairly impartial at a younger age, and touring alone hasn’t ever actually scared me however anyhow…), however ya I nonetheless at all times felt that awkward pressure each time they have been in the identical room. I bear in mind even on my marriage ceremony day being concerned about ensuring each mother and father felt they obtained equal consideration and love. And possibly that was one thing I created in my head, but it surely made me wish to make it a precedence after we obtained married that we now have a very good relationship with Cody’s ex, in order that the children by no means felt that pressure or stress, and so we might all go to the children occasions and it not be awkward. Once more, this was not an in a single day factor, it took years to get to that time. Particularly if it is a contemporary scenario, it can take lots of time.  However as a child who has been on that aspect of divorce, that was one factor I actually wished totally different for our children.

Time, time, time! I believe all of it simply takes time, however I really like speaking to their mother concerning the children and sharing pleasure for the issues they’re doing, or issues they’re studying or going by way of. All of us sit by one another at many of the children video games and occasions, it’s in a very good place.

Q. Do you get a say in making the entire selections about faculties and such. How do you cope with that facet? 

A. Lengthy story brief, I’ve no say haha. Cody talks to me about it, however that is likely one of the laborious components of being a bonus mother, you’re keen on your bonus infants and assist elevate them however in my case I’m probably not a choice maker. I imply daily what we’re doing Cody and I resolve, however greater selections Cody and his ex spouse work out collectively. 

Q. Because the bonus mothers/mother and father, are you concerned in communication to his ex or simply Cody?

A. In our scenario, Cody and his ex work out particulars for essentially the most half. Clearly there are occasions when Cody continues to be at work or out of city or one thing so I choose up/drop off the children, and many others. however the majority of communication is between her and Cody. We just lately began a bunch textual content for sports activities and faculty scheduling and typically share footage of the children from faculty or sports activities too, however most scheduling goes by way of them.

Q. How do you deal with frustration along with your step children’ schedule?

A. One factor that took time for me to understand and perceive is that once you’re a step guardian (not at all times the case, however not less than in my scenario) even for those who all get alongside, on the finish of the day you’ve got little say over holidays, faculty schedules, actually simply plans normally. For me, any person who likes to plan forward and be in management, it’s typically laborious. For instance, after we have been attempting to plan a visit and I might ask Cody if he had texted the children’ mother to verify sure days work and I might need quick solutions for issues 😂 and he’s like I haven’t talked to her but, and I’m all properly name proper now, what’s the maintain up 😂😂 I finally realized that 1) typically you don’t get quick solutions as a result of she has a life too clearly and you may’t anticipate quick responses on a regular basis and a pair of) issues take longer to coordinate and plan than it might with your personal children, so you must plan forward somewhat additional. 

Q. Do you’ve got full custody? How usually and the way lengthy do your bonus children stick with you?

A. We now have joint custody so it alters. Proper now, each different week we now have them for Thursday/Friday, after which the following week 4 days Thursday-Sunday.

Q. Would you ever journey with out the bonus children?

A. I believe our scenario is somewhat totally different as a result of we LOVE to journey and in addition journey fairly a bit for work, however we at all times be sure to plan all our “huge journeys” after we can go collectively as a household. For instance we normally do a giant 2 week journey each summer season and we at all times do this with all the children. (One exception is like spring break – we alter years with their mother for spring break so if Mara and Wes are with their mother these days, we’ll nonetheless take Beckam and Ollie on a spring break journey). If your loved ones usually solely goes on 1 or 2 journeys a yr, I might for positive attempt to make it work to incorporate everybody. We now have a lot enjoyable after we journey with all the children and Beckam and Ollie love being with Mara and Wes as a lot as we do, so we want we might at all times journey collectively but it surely doesn’t at all times work out that means. That’s one other factor you understand after you’ve got children of your own- each mother and father need as a lot time as they’ll with their children. If it’s a problem to get further days or change schedules for journeys, attempt to have perspective and understand their different guardian desires to hang around with them as a lot as attainable too. Not saying it by no means sucks or their aren’t nonetheless dissatisfied events, however its sort of an “it’s what it’s” scenario. However actually it at all times seems like one thing is lacking after we journey with out them. 

Q. Do they go faculty half-hour away? How does that work?

A. They used to stay 10 minutes away from us for like 8 years and just lately they moved a pair cities away. I’m so grateful they’re nonetheless inside driving distance as a result of for me rising up, that wasn’t the case, so I’m simply grateful we nonetheless get to see them a lot. Nevertheless it has undoubtedly made it somewhat tougher, particularly now that they’re in a number of sports activities, and Mara and Wes are in two totally different faculties (junior excessive and elementary) they go at totally different instances. Everybody has totally different practices and schedules after faculty, so it will get busy however we’re glad they’re nonetheless shut.

Q. Are they open to speaking about issues they do with their mother round you?

A. I really feel like they’re tremendous open with us, however I suppose I wouldn’t truly understand how a lot they’re selecting to share. I do know as a child, typically I might really feel nervous telling the opposite guardian what I used to be doing after I was with my different guardian (even now typically, truly haha) as a result of I didn’t wish to make the opposite guardian really feel unhealthy, so I hope Mara and Wes don’t really feel that means but in addition I suppose I can’t know 100% for positive since we aren’t with them 24/7. 

Q. How do you break up up firsts or particular instances with their mother and also you guys?

We haven’t had lots of firsts the place we will’t each present up someplace to assist them. For his or her first time to Disney, we did ask the children’ mother if we might take them however aside from that, there haven’t been lots of instances when we have to break up up firsts.  

Q. How do you guys deal with holidays/birthdays? 

It’s sort of modified through the years. We at all times break up Christmas – I do know thats not as fashionable. I believe lots of people do each different Christmas. Thanksgiving and Spring Break we alternate yearly. Generally Easter falls over Spring Break, and many others. Birthdays have modified – typically we alternate years and typically we persist with the schedule. Once they have been youthful, one individual would get them the evening earlier than and half of their birthday, after which the opposite would get the opposite half of the day and the evening. At first I believe everybody was hypersensitive and micromanaging time and issues have relaxed since then. I might get within the mentality of attempting to verify every little thing was ‘truthful’. However in a blended household, it’s unattainable to make every little thing 100% truthful.

We’d even have traditions that we do yearly with the children, like carving pumpkins and adorning gingerbread homes. And we’ll wait to do these traditions till we now have Mara and Wes with us so we will do all of it collectively as a household. I believe it makes the vacations really feel extra particular and we’re much more intentional about our time collectively throughout these instances.


Q. Do you are feeling you should know different bonus mothers for assist? I don’t have anybody in my life.

A. I do know like one or two different bonus mothers however now that I’m fascinated with it I don’t know if I’ve ever actually talked to them a ton about it. My step mother is and I’ve talked to her in fact 🙂 We now have 2 step dads inside our prolonged household, however in any other case I really feel like my bodily circle of bonus mothers is fairly small. If you happen to’re becoming a member of a web-based group of different blended households, I might search for one which’s objective is a constructive household atmosphere – there are such a lot of that may develop into tremendous unfavorable and that power will simply detract. However I believe bonus mothers is usually a nice assist for one another. 


Q. Did you do any self-discipline after they have been youthful? 

A. Sure, however nothing main.

Q. How do you not step on any toes/do you are feeling like you may self-discipline them? Do you ever put boundaries or is it Cody’s ‘job’?

A. I by no means need Mara and Wes to really feel like they get handled in another way, so we attempt to say constant by way of every little thing and that features with disciplining and guidelines. For instance: In the event that they make a large number in the lounge with Beckam, I wouldn’t solely make Beckam clear it. And in the event that they don’t hear, which they’re children and typically they don’t haha, they’ll get a special chore. However I do this precise factor for all the children. 

There are 10000% instances I’ll say to Cody although, will you be the enforcer this time, I don’t need them to hate me.  And typically he’ll, and different instances he’s like you’re nonetheless a mother to them, they love you and it’s okay for them to have penalties. I believe he gages my temper haha. I’ve been of their life over 10 years, and know they love me, however typically nonetheless fear “what in the event that they assume I’m the evil step mother!” So I believe you gage what feels most pure and cozy for you.

Q. Do you give your bonus children chores?

A. 100%, however the entire children have weekly chores (– one factor Cody and I each really feel strongly about is educating our children work ethic, in order that goes for all the children clearly). For us it simply wouldn’t make sense if solely Beckam and Ollie have been doing weekly chores and Mara and Wes simply sat on the sofa. We’re a household and all of us have obligations.

Do I ever really feel responsible about it?  There are some instances when it’s the final hour or two earlier than Mara and Wes return to their mother’s home and Cody tells them they should clear up a large number and choose up the room, and I inform him they solely have 1 hour left and to allow them to simply have enjoyable. He says no, they’re nonetheless our children they want care for their obligations, which is absolutely what we’d do with Beckam and Ollie. So the instances when I’m somewhat extra lax about chores or choosing up after themselves is earlier than they depart, however throughout the common daily, they do the identical issues my children do. (And Cody is absolutely good about being constant regardless of the circumstances.)

Okay that wraps up this publish! Quite a lot of you’ve got questions or recommendation about coping with organic mothers or establishing a bond along with your bonus infants – I’m actually wish to be an open e-book and share as a lot as I can, so I’ll save that for the following few posts, together with ideas for bonus mothers and ideas for bio mothers since I obtained a number of questions from you guys too ❤️ I’ve liked listening to from you all about your personal blended households and the way a lot you’re keen on your bonus infants!

XX, Christine




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