It's so frustrating when we try to set standards and boundaries for her here, and then there is no support at her other house. Her mom tries so hard to be a friend instead of a parent. It is also very hard to try to explain to her that we don't think she is old enough for things that her mom allows, without sounding negative about her mother.Then Kate broke my heart last night and today saying she didn't want to go back to her mother's house. She wanted to stay with me. She curled up in the back seat in their driveway and said if they didn't see her, she didn't have to get out. Could I just take her back to our house. It made me so sad, because of course I would LOVE to take her home with me!! She had a bad dream about our pet Lab dying and was sobbing uncontrollably all morning, which made it even harder to make her leave. =( My mom came to visit for a few days, and it was the first time the girls have really been able to spend time with her and get to know each other a little bit. It felt good to watch them just accept her for who she is and want to learn about her, and talk and play together. The girls loved hearing stories about how I behaved as a child and finding out why I'm such a "perfectionist" about things.
Everything else filling up my thoughts isn't related to being "stepmom" so I'll spare you all! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!