Hello all! I've been reading on this site for a while and just now decided to make an account and join in. I hope this is the right category.. I have a question for those kiddo free step parents out there.
I LOVE my stepson so much. Last night, when his dad brought him home to our house from his grandma's he gave me a flower pot that he made at school that said "Happy Mothers' Day" on it. I of course cried like a little baby and gave him the biggest hug. He went upstairs to feed his fish, and my DH said that he told his mom, stepson's grandma, that he made it for me because I do more for him than his other mommy. More tears. I have been in his life since he was 1, so he doesn't remember a time before me, he is alomst 5. This morning he told my DH that he didn't want to go back to his mom's house, as it is her weekend. He told him he would ask his mom if he could stay another night. I'm sure she will say no, but it is worth a shot to ask.
My question is... Do any of you stepparents feel the worst anger/jealousy when it's time for your stepchildren to go back to the other parent's house? If so, how do you handle/deal with those emotions? It really wears on me mentally and it has at times made friction between my DH and I, for no reason other than he's there.
Thanks for your help!