I married a wonderful fella and his two daughters last June. We both feel like the four of us are doing fairly well with the transitions, and now it looks like we’re adding to our family in October. The girls knew we hoped to, which meant that they were not surprised when we told them. They weren’t enthusiastic, either. I’m not expecting them to be, at least not yet, but I am curious about how best to proceed.
The girls live with us exactly half of their time (7:14 days). My goal is to be proactive about this while I have the time. I’ve found some literature on half-siblings (I have one myself, but we never lived together), but it seems to focus on younger siblings or adult siblings. While some of it is useful, the ages of our girls (will be 14 and 11 when baby arrives) mean that a large part of it isn’t relevant to them.
Does anyone have any advice, experience, books, or blogs related to tween and teen half siblings? In my perfect world, our baby would bring us all closer together as a family rather than emphasize the “step” & “half” aspects of our kinship. — Jamie
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