I am a 35yr old mother of 5children all up. I have a step daughter 14, step son 11, three children of my own from previous marriage, 9 yr old daughter and a 7 year old son. My new husband and I have also had a daughter together, she is 10 months old. I find it can be very frustating when dealing with dicipline of my step children at times as I feel I don't comfortable diciplining them as I would my own children for fear of what their mother may say or do. My husband also feels the same way when having to dicipline my children. I agree that at times it can be frustrating but there are also a lot of good times to be had with a large family. We have all the children every 5th weekend and during the school holidays, and at other times. (long complicated story. custody battles, court hearings etc.) If you would like to chat more about the frustration and fun of having a blended family you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to hear from you.
Tired Mum (otherwise known as Lisa)
Mum of 5 Melbourne Youngest 10mths