Explaining Dad's previous family
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|Fri, 07-13-2012 - 12:38pm|
My husband and I have 2 daughters - age 3 and 6. From a previous marriage he has a daughter - age 17, and an adopted daughter - age 27 (from his ex-wifes previous marriage). I have a great relationship with my stepdaughters and so do my girls. However, they have always simply known them to be their sisters - not half or step. The younger one is pretty oblivious to the logistics of the whole thing. The older one is wondering why I am not their Mom. They have met their Mom. But, now they are trying to fit together the peices of that puzzle. What is the best way to explain that Dad was previously married and is now divorced without freaking them out? I don't want them to think that Dad's are temporary or have them worry about whether or not that will happen to our family. Any advice for making the complicated simple and not scary, yet honest?