....now I am worried as my STBX is already introducing my kids to friends of his OW that have kids the same ages. He told my kids that these people were "good friends of his, former clients" and of course I don't believe anything he says, so I checked it out and OF COURSE these people are his whore's friends. Now his "good friends" too.
My kids are spending time with these people. They come home and talk about them. My kids are 8 and 10, young but whip smart, good EQ. I haven't said much of anything about these people when the kids talk about them, just listen mostly.
It is only a matter of time before he starts bringing OW around.
What the frickity f**K do people do when their lovely STBX introduces the homewrecker to the kids whose home they wrecked? I know I am supposed to take the high road, but it seems soooooo shitty selfish that my STBX would make my kids be around the woman responsible for all the shit they are going through as a result of his and her actions??
I need to prep myself for this one....How do people handle it??
With little ones- I have no idea. I'll be watching this thread to see what people add because even though My kids are older- it's still going to get under my skin that OW sees my kids, does things with them and holds my grandkids!
"'Cause there's a side to you that I never knew, never knew.
All the things you'd say, they were never true, never true "
Set Fire to the Rain
She would repeat back to the kids things that XPoopsmear had told her about me… Things designed to make me look crazy. Of course the bitch wanted to drive a wedge between my children and I.
I just want to give you hugs because it sucks, it's not easy, but it's a waste of resources to try to fight.
It's damn hard to do.
Your kids are smart. When they are teenagers they will ask if he cheated, my counselor advised me not to lie to my kids. My XH/NW were doing enough lying. I was told to tell he truth and if necessary, have proof.
Hello Kitty appears to be kind, however I think many if her acts of kindness is her just trying to twist the knife. I just have to hope in time that my kids will see through her charms and know her for what she is.
Just be sure to keep the communication open with them. It's hard when they come home talking about how fun she is, etc. I do sometimes have to gently change the subject as I can't take anymore, but I don't want her to be afraid to talk about her. I want to know what's going on in case it ever does turn bad.
All you can do is listen to your kids and anything that is a major concern bring it up with the ex. But only major things otherwise you are fighting the kids battles for them and it's something they have to learn to do on their own. You can only protect them so much. It's hard to let go of that mother bear instinct to protect your babies though.
My advise would be pick you battles, think about if the roles were reversed what you would do as well.
Best thing I gained in my divorce - my freedom.
Think about it from their point of view...they are in a shitty ass situation. More importantly, they did not choose this.
Always be available for your kiddos to talk.
If they say they had fun with OW, you say, "Wow, that's great. What did you enjoy?" Always make it about their feelings, their interests, their lives.
Stripper whore is trying her damndest to play mom to Teslet. But here is where she fucks up, she makes it about herself...she makes it about me...she makes it about getting ex-shat's validation and approval. None of it is actually about Teslet. Kids get that.
As long as you always remember that your kids have their own personalities, needs, and desires then you don't have to worry about OW. Their 'family' dynamic is instantly fucked up with all sorts of other things going on instead of just being a good parent and guiding kids into adulthood.
So come here and vent, cry in the shower, take a kickboxing class...but with your kids, you have no choice but the high road.
Did any of your kids come out and ask you if OW was the reason for the D, and if so, what do you say??
My kids will figure it out quickly, and I know they will ask me.
I know I CAN"T this...but this is what is running through my head: "Well, this filthy,worthless whore was trolling around looking for a married guy to F**K on Ashley Madison, and Daddy was also on there looking for people to have sex with, because he didn't want to help mommy with the dishes, and then they met and had sex and then they feel in real LOVE. Daddy was having a secret romance with her, when he said he was at work and out watching football and going on trips without us...he was with her! Now you have two bedrooms, and Mommy has to go back to work and you have to go to after school care and no more fancy vacations, and you get carted back and forth and he buys you lots of shit because he feels bad about it, but not bad enough to actually put your needs first...just bad enough to buy you new shoes every time you see him. He wants you to be happy for him and this new lady, this lady whose vajayjay is SOOO important that the rest of us had to give up our old lives and family for it. But, he wants you to LOVE her too, and all of you to spend time together as a new little family...except without mommy because she is bossy and mean and bitter.
sorry, I have a SICK sense of humor....helps me cope
It sucks in every way. It's like so many other situations in our society where the victim continues being victimized because the perpetrator has "rights."
They're allowed to blow apart a family and behave as disgustingly as can be, but they are still "good" parents who have the "right" to force the kids to visit. They have the "right" to bring whomever they want into their children's lives, and the only way you can prevent or limit visitation is if you can prove that your XS is a known drug dealer who brings home prostitutes around the children and also physically abuses the children... and even then, I'm sure that the perpetrator has "rights."
Sorry, that was a ranty t/j. I wish I had better advice for you. The best you can do is hold your head up high, be polite but neutral when your kids talk about the OW, and stay as NC with your STBX and the OW as possible for your own well-being. And prepare yourself-- your STBX is going to expect you to fall in line with his delusional plans, and when you don't, there will be some fallout. I honestly think that my XWH thought that, some day, I would become besties with CommandOwife "for the sake of the children," or at the very least, we'd be able to endure some polite conversation with each other as we sat together at our children's functions.
Keep posting here. This has been such a great place for me to ask advice and to blow off some steam once my XWH brought his AP into my kids' lives.
ETA: Your interior monologue is so much like mine (including the Ashley Madison part and the fact that I had to return to work). I did tell my kids age-appropriate truths when they asked me direct questions. My eldest asked me two summers ago: "Mom, did you and Dad get divorced because of [CommandOwife]?" I told him yes. It took him a little while to digest that, but then more and more questions started coming. My kids' counselor said I handled that exactly right, so don't feel that you need to be responsible for keeping your STBX's image shiny. As long as you don't editorialize or tell the kids more than they need to know (like about AM, for example... I told my kids that they met online), then you are showing them that they have one parent they can trust, and they will know who has their back.
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