Whether we want to admit it or not, children are going to experience instability as their parents go in search of romantic partners.
Parents who get into these relationships may have very different expectations for how things should be than the men and women who they’re bringing home.
This came out of the blue from my seven-year-old daughter Isabella – but then, little about our recent family life had been expected.
But what happens, as so often does, when the relationship breaks down?
Except when they voice their reluctance to do so, they are lambasted mercilessly on CD for being shallow and insensitive. I don't know that she sees herself as stepmom material, but she may not have to worry about it...
GF tolerates the little girl, but only in small doses, and isn't especially warm to her or incredibly tolerant of basic little kid stuff.
The heart of our family had been ripped away from us, and as much as counselling helped me come to terms with the reality, the gaping hole remained.
After a while, though, I realised that eventually I would have to try to fill the gaping hole and I began to think about another aspect of my situation – being single again after 14 years of marriage. One day, my daughter asked me if I was going to get a girlfriend. After a pause, she asked with a hint of excitement: "Will we get a baby brother or sister?
Raising him will very likely be quite difficult and stressful.