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How Husband Feels When Wife Puts Children Ahead of Him
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My husband and I have been married for 10 years now. We have 3 kids together. My daughter, 15, his daughter, 14, and our son, 9. I have always had sort-of a rocky relationship with my step-daughter, but it has gotten really bad in the last year.
It started going really sour sometime last summer. I don't really recall exactly what happened, but it involved her mother and older sister who is not my husband's daughter. To make a long story short, her mother and I had a decent relationship off and on as well as her sister. Her sister had just had a baby at the age of 18, and I helped her enroll in college which she just dropped out of.
Anyway, she has made a lot of poor choices, just as we all have. After trying to give her some motherly advice, both the mother and sister subsequently blocked me on Facebook and stopped talking to me altogether. This is when my relationship with my step-daughter started to turn. To try and mend things a bit, I got my step-daughter a tablet for Christmas. To which her response when she opened the gift, "What do I need this for? I just got a kindle and an ipod from my mom.Each divorce is different, each family is different, but one thing stays the same: stepparents can come on the scene, and it seems particularly difficult for stepmothers.
What happens when the children are adults already or when the stepmother hates the children? This open letter to stepmothers comes from my heart and my true experiences. I have decided to make it public in the hopes that other stepmothers will read it and think about how they want to treat the children, and that parents will read it and have serious discussions about this matter. Take a lesson from my grief for your own families.
I always knew you were coming. My mother asked me if I was making plans; I told her I was keeping my options open. I knew someday a divorce would come and you would follow it. I knew, in my heart, you would come, and I had even prepared myself for this eventuality. I know it is hard to marry into a family, especially a family where the children are already in their 20s. I had heard that you had a son. I felt relieved because I had always wanted a big brother. But it was my lot in life to be the eldest, and with the addition of your son, I would move to the middle… I would still be the only girl.
I imagined a stepmother who would love my father and welcome his children. I had imagined a stepmother who could be my friend. When my father wanted to introduce you to my children, I even let you in. I welcomed you. I prepared my father for you when he would tell me how lonely he was without my mother.
I never asked anything of you, and I was never anything but kind to you; yet for my kindness, what did I get? My father died and you did not even have the courtesy to tell me yourself. You fought with my brother constantly about the situation, barred people from his hospital bed.
He has been dead now a month and I still have no idea when you will give me a death certificate or allow me to get keepsakes of my father. You did not consult me before cremating my father, who in fact wanted to be buried.
You did not even give me a say in his obituary, which I had to google like a common stranger. I had to find out a week before the memorial what was happening. I heard it through the grapevine, again like a common stranger. I, too, saw the pain of an unhappy family in my childhood, though my parents desperately wanted me so much so they took seven years of fertility treatments to have me.
I wanted a peaceful life, but you did nothing but attack me.
I'm about to leave my husband over my step-daughter
I could attack you now. I know who you are and what you are, and I could blow the lid off that. Instead, I chose to make reasonable requests that have gone ignored. Dear Stepmother, do you hate my father so much that you would treat his children with such contempt and such disrespect? Do you hate yourself so much that you would want to be treated this way? What will people think when they read this letter and know it is you that I am speaking of? Do you even care? Dear Stepmother, as this is the end of the line for you in our family, I am sorry for your loss and I wish you well.
I hope that you find a nice family to be a part of. For myself, I will be relieved when you leave. My father told me before he died he wanted me to get along with you, but it seems he forgot that you hate me and that it takes two to get along.The floor is covered — covered! But what makes packing for her two-day school trip to the Lake District a particular nightmare is the standoff between us over appropriate footwear.
I insist on her sturdy trainers excellent for long country walks, outdoor activities and all-round comfort. By the time my husband, Martin, gets home from the office and pokes his head around the door, both of us are steaming with rage. I present my case — and pretty reasonable it is too. What does Martin do? Converse and Sophie one, Mother nil. Seeing as Sophie was born 11 years ago, I should be used to this scenario. Because, frankly, my husband loves our daughter more than he does me. But where Sophie is concerned, everything is on a different scale.
He is liquid to her every demand. And boy does this tiny, manipulative despot know it. I told her to put them back, fearing there might be damage both to her and the heels.
Back-up from her father, however, was non-existent. Sophie is the ultimate girlie girl, and he seems to revel in the dolls, ribbons, nail polish and random sparkly things that clutter her room — even if the little magpie has surreptitiously acquired some of them from me.
How she can go on a simple errand to the supermarket with him and return with handfuls of hair bobbles, comics and on the last trip a garish pair of pink and gold flip-flops. I replied that I need a new pair of Kurt Geiger boots — could he sort that too?
Will her father still take her side when the mood swings kick in or the hinges on the doors all need replacing from constant slamming? But only a sympathetic wife will be able to offer consolation. Terms and Conditions. Style Book. Weather Forecast. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation.
Tuesday 23 June My husband loves our daughter more than me Like Harper and David Beckham, Angela Epstein's husband and daughter have an unshakable bond. But it's left her feeling excluded from the family. David, and the daughter he was always desperate for, Harper Beckham.
By Angela Epstein. Read more from Women. History Expat. Crossword Blogs Dating.In this post, I also share my thoughts on how you can peacefully resolve situations like these.
Dear Dr. I have been reading a lot of your articles. I have been married for 9 months and love my husband. When we got married on July 27,the first month, we start to have problems.
He put his family as a priority over me. He stated that he needed 3 months to take care of them. That just made me feel like a secondary person, but this is just the first problem. And the third problem is: he pays a cell phone bill for his year-old daughter. Whenever he threatens to stop paying her bill, she gets mad at him. I prayed to God to help me get through this because the thought of divorce has run through my mind.
My thoughts now are that he just needs to go live with his family. I want to enjoy life and be happy the way God designed a husband and wife to be. These are just a few of our problems. Unfortunately, there are more. But, I will be going to marriage counseling soon. I have personally experienced this phenomenon.
I, too, once believed that family comes first before my partner. Like your husband, initially, I did not know how to honor and treat my wife with the love and respect she deserves.
I was and am a family man. Prior to marrying my wife, I devoted a large percentage of my time to taking care of my family. If they attacked my family or said anything negative, they were gone. In my mind, my family was there for me prior to marriage and will be there for me if something bad happened, including my wife leaving me. Thus, I believed that family comes first before anyone else.
I share my thoughts because I have heard hundreds of men say this. Some men struggle with putting their wife first because they do not understand their responsibility as a husband, at least from a biblical perspective. According to the Bible, the husband is to love his wife above all other human beings.
I Peterteaches us that the husband is to honor his wife. We are to show respect and consideration and offer emotional support. I had to seek spiritual counsel in order to understand my responsibility as a husband. It was difficult for me to let go of my responsibility to my family, but I knew my marriage depended on it.
You can love your husband by being patient and attending counseling as you plan. Also, remember that love is patient. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Pray for your husband and encourage him to seek counsel without nagging. Also, see if you can connect with a family member who is objective and can help your husband see his ways.
My cousin helped me see things I did not see.My husband and I have been together for many years and have a teenage daughter; he also has a daughter from a prior relationship, who is a grown woman. He is a wonderful father to both. We are not rich but have a good income.
He is the main breadwinner. I have no assets or savings myself. Our house was his property when we met, and it remains his main asset. His will stipulates that I can live in the house until my own death if he dies first, but only his daughters actually inherit it. I hope my husband will live another years, but should he die tomorrow, our daughter would have to sell her half of the house to afford the excellent, carefree education her sister is still receiving. When I try to discuss this with my husband, he gets extremely angry.
He has even said that for our daughter to have to sell her part of the house would be O. I disagree. I would like to create a trust fund or something similar so that if anything happens to him before our daughter reaches full independence, she can have an excellent education while preserving her inheritance.
Am I missing something, or would this be the fair thing to do? Name Withheld. Ask your husband to come with you to discuss these issues with a competent lawyer, and try to reach some consensus on how to plan for this situation. You might even propose couples counseling if he continues to resist. This will, no doubt, make him angry, too.
I am applying for a government job, and I came across the following question: Have you ever been dismissed from employment? Another section provides a space to explain why and where. In my case, I have been dismissed twice in the last five years. The first I have no problem mentioning, as it was because of budgetary constraints and companywide monetary difficulties.
The second time is a bit tricky. Some background: Before my first dismissal I had a long history of job stability in another state. I moved in and held a job for six months before being hired away by another company in higher pay, benefits, location.
I worked for a solid year before being dismissed in by that same company for the reasons mentioned above. I still maintain contact with all my previous employers and was even given permission to job-search at work after being told of the budget cuts, including using my co-workers and superiors as references.
I was hired by another organization inbefore my time was up at the company, in large part thanks to my work history and those references. This is where my problem begins. I was employed for less than a month before being abruptly terminated. I applied for unemployment benefits and soon received notice that my supervisor at the religious organization had contested my application, claiming misconduct.
At the subsequently scheduled hearing, my supervisor failed to show and the ruling defaulted in my favor. My supervisor then appealed the decision and a second hearing was scheduled. At the second hearing my supervisor showed up with the head of the organization and a co-worker.Feeling second best in a relationship can be difficult to cope with, so what is the best thing to do if you feel your husband puts his family before you? When it comes to marriage, there are many aspects where compromise is required to sustain a long and loving relationship.
However, being married is not just a relationship between two people, but a meeting of two families. For this reason, the dynamics within families go through a shift when a marriage takes place.
This is obvious, however often we overlook the fact that such negotiation also takes place between parents and their offspring. Of course, each case will have its own ins and outs, but generally there may be reasons for why your husband is overcompensating in relation to his family.
Often, such feelings result from the natural shift in family dynamics that takes place around any marriage. Not spending as much time with his family may induce feelings of guilt in your husband. This may prompt him to pay extra attention to his family and could be misunderstood as putting them first. This may lead him to feel the need to exaggerate how important they are to him in order to maintain closeness. All families have certain patterns in behaviour and to some extent roles assigned to each member.
It may be that when your husband is around his family, he slots into these natural patterns, which may leave no obvious space for you. He may be joking with them, backing them up or supporting them more than you. This does not necessarily mean that they come first, but may be a show of loyalty. You may notice that your husband agrees with you on most issues, only to back out when they are spoken about with his family and you.
This is especially common if you and him share different political, social or religious views to his family. In such a scenario, your husband may revert to his family views in order to keep the peace, which may leave you feeling singled out.Dad Kicks Son Out Of House For Wanting To Wear Makeup - Dhar Mann
If you feel your husband is putting his family before you, the first thing to do is to speak to him honestly about your feelings. Try to remain calm and approachable and be understanding of his feelings too; he may be finding it difficult to show his loyalty to his family and you. The worst thing you could do is make him feel as if you are against his family which would only make matters worse.If your goal is to help improve the world, marriage is as good a place as any to start Diane Sollee from Smartmarriages.
The above statements give us a great springboard from which to discuss the subject of not allowing your children to come between you as husband and wife. We love our children more than words can say. We want the best for them, and to a large degree, we have dedicated our lives to them.
They make our lives complete and there is no question that they are our top priority. Yet, we love each other too. A ton!
We love to spend time together —to share, laugh, love one another, be silly, or just be quiet. Both of us are partners, for life. We decided long ago that nothing —not even our children —would ever come between us. Furthermore, we realized, early on, that one of the most important messages we could give our children was to set an example as two parents who truly love and like each other.
It appears to have worked really well. Both our children know how we feel about each other. They realize, on a deep level, that we have a mutual respect and admiration for each other.
We stick up for one another, agree on most fronts, and, most of all, that we love each other. There is no question in either of their minds. Every set of parents is obviously different and will have different values and degrees of comfort where this issue is concerned. Yet, for us, we are positive that we are doing the right thing, not only for our relationship, but for our kids as well. Our guess is that their expectations regarding their boyfriends and future husbands will be fairly high.
Our hope is that they will eventually seek partners who value not only their children, but their relationships as well.