Role of Step Father
I married my wife 4 years ago. She had 3 girls(5,9,16). I had boy and girl (8,10). We blended excellently except for 16 year old. This problem was made worse by her bio-dad. He would undermine any relationship that would start. He would keep her on the phone for hours discussing me. Today the 16 year old lives with him and the other 2 live with us. He sees them roughly 5 weeks out of the year. He recently has started the same attack against me with the middle girl. I have an excellent reltionship with all 3 today. But bio-dad insists that I need to be "completely neutral" in their lives so as to not affect his relationship with him. Does anyone think I am overstepping my bounds by developing a close relationship with all 5 of my children?