(Closed) Advice to help my little girl adjust to my FI. Please

posted 6 years ago in Family
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Katielee: I would tell her that you won’t love her any less and that she should feel extra special because she will now have his love as well.  But also let her know that it’s ok to share her feelings if she is feeling unloved so that you can correct it.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My son was 1 1/2 when I met my Darling Husband, so a little bit of a different situation. I guess in your case I would just make sure to show her that you still love her just as much. After you are married, make sure you take time to stuff with just her. Go shopping one day, or do your nails together, or sit and watch a movie she loves and eat popcorn, etc. I would also talk to her about it before hand. She says she loves him too, so explain to her that (just like her) you can love two people at the same time.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

My sister just got married this summer (my nephew’s dad has not been in his life for a while), and it has been a tough transition for my nephew (he’s also 6).  My new BIL lived about 4 hours from my sister and nephew, and they moved into his house after wedding, so I think part of his difficulty is in adjusting to a new home/town besides just adjusting to the marriage.

If you can, you might look and see if there are any workshops or classes in your area for blended families.  My sister just started a support group for blended families, and she said it has been helping a little with my nephew.  They all attend together, and they’ve been learning some new strategies and skills in making sure everyone in the family feels comfortable and happy.  Good luck!  It sounds like you’re doing a great job being proactive, and it’s obvious you love your little girl very much.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sometimes kids see “love” as a finite thing that can be measured or used up. Kids are also very visual so maybe you could think of a way to show her that there is enough love in the world for everybody- that you will never run out of love even if you are giving love to your Fiance.

Get a disposable paper soft drink cup (make it not too big) with a lid and a straw. Have her try to suck all the air out of the cup, then show her that there is still more air in the cup. Explain that love is like that. You can love all the people in your life and never run out of love.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@julies1949: That is such a great idea!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have an older daughter who also does not know her dad. Darling Husband and I started dating when she was 3, she is 9 nine.

I honestly think that the two of them need to be spending much more time together before you get married. You need to transition from being mom and daught and mom and FI  to a family. Having someone stay with you for week is a lot different then living with you, especially to a child. They see that person as removable, once the three of you become a single unit where all parts are permanent things will change.

As far as her feeling loved less, I would make sure that she gets the same amount of attention from you when he is visiting. Darling Husband and I kept most displays of affection for after bedtime for the most part for a really long time.

It really does get easier as time goes on.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper

I think it might also help to remind her that she will be loved even more with a daddy and a mommy. ๐Ÿ™‚ How exciting for you both!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Katielee: She sounds so precious and you are a great mommy. I love julies1949‘s idea. I would suggest that in addition to everything you already do, making a special day each week just for the two of you, “Mommy and Daughter Day!” where you do things together so she learns you will continue your connection. Even if you’re just baking together, or drawing, or playing with dolls, making pizza, whatever, you are together just the two of you while your Fiance is doing whatever he needs to accomplish in that time.

Also, I suggest doing some research on the topic, too. I’m in a similar situation in that I have stepsons and had to very slowly introduce our relationship to them. I’m reading a book that is helping me to better understand their needs, that my stepsons will relive their grief over their parents’ divorce as they develop and experience their own relationships someday. Through it all, we must comfort and validate their feelings, and there are some tips on how to have healthy conversations with them. The hope is that, though no answer will ever be answer enough for them as to why it happened, they will understand and accept it as part of their history, and that they will learn that love and life continues in different ways.

Best wishes to you all!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Try to do things with three of you– stick her in the middle of a hug! Watch movies on the couch together, with her between you.  It might also be helpful to schedule a day of the week to be “mommy day” where you and her spend time together sans Fiance or go somewhere fun? 

Edit: @Cornflakegirl: Great minds think alike!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve never been in this situation, so I don’t have any experience. But I’m just wondering if Dirty Delete and Fiance should also find special activites to do together that only they do–like get dressed up and go to a nice dinner.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@KoiKove: That is exactly what I was going to suggest! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mr. LK and I introduced our relationship to my DS when he was 11. DS has very few memories of having a father, as my ex walked off the face of the earth when DS was 4, and it was DS and I against the world since that time. While it was, and still is important, for DS and I to maintain our bond, it’s also been crucial for Mr. LK and DS to establish a seperate bond that has nothing to do with me. They have their guy time and guy activities that are theirs alone. It started when we were dating and living seperately, as they would do manly things together, like choping down our Christmas tree. When we moved in together Mr. LK taught DS a card game that Mr. LK used to play as a teen. Now they play cards together, and the student kicks the teachers butt. It’s vital that they have their own relationship. It’s part of our family dynamic, for sure. But it’s seperate as well, and that’s a good thing.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

@penguinsaremyfriends: I could not agree more.

I think that is quite a bit to put on a six year old. especially when there has been no father figure present at all. it would be a requirement for me when choosing to marry that I see that the two of them can live together or even just have extended visits. It seems a bit odd to me that you are marrying so soon and only recently has your daughter been a part of the visit for the whole time he was there. it just seems a bit like going from 0 to 60 in a really short span of time. its a huge adjustment for child of that age. i speak not only from having a child that is that age as well but also because i was that child growing up as well. I guess my question is this….how do you know he will truly be able to be ok living with a child? its very different than only having a visit. there isnt a “go home” time where he will gets to go back to his childless existance and I think its important that he experience that as well as the child. What happens if you two marry and then he gets into the living situation and then decides that having a child around 247 is too much to handle? im only bringing it up because that would undoubtedly hurt your daughter very much im sure and you as well. I know this is not the advice you were necessarily looking for but knowing how i was affected by my mothers relationships I felt the need to say it.

As far as looking for ways to make the transition easier I think that really including her in as many of your activities with as possible is a good way to start. if she is feeling like he might be a replacement for her or someone who is invading her life with you it would be good to make sure she knows that having him around is not going to take you away. the idea of the paper cup was a very good suggestion as that is something that she can understand and use to sort of visualize what you are saying in regards to your love not having a limit.Good luck! and I hope it goes well for all of you ๐Ÿ™‚ its a tough situation to navigate for sure

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@julies1949: wonderful idea!

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