Everyone goes on and on about parenting a teenager and how difficult it is. How their child becomes alien to them and how they can't communicate with their child and to be honest I always thought this was a bit of an exaggeration. Well damn and blast haven't I come to the conclusion that no, really, it is that bad. I so don't want to become one of those do as I say or else kind of parents but it feels as if she is trying to back me in to a corner to make it happen and then, just like that, she does something wonderful or makes a gesture of love which leaves me there stood still with the knowledge and feeling of well being that something is getting through.
I tell you there is nothing more scary than "officials" deciding if you are a good parent. With the split in Jan and the nature of it, the courts have taken an interest in the welfare of my children. Its horrible and scary and while the rational side of my brain sees the logic and appreciates what is happening, the mummy in me is screaming. If you knew me well, you'd know my children are my life and that I would never ever do anything detrimental to them. But sifting through the massive amount of parent advise I am finding it difficult to ascertain what is best for them. On the one hand I am being told that ideally children benefit from two parents and that contact with the father should be encouraged and he should be involved but on the other hand I have the courts telling me to hold fire they want to do assessments first. Then there is the pressure he is placing on the children, telling them its my fault he can't see them and that I could make it all better. Why would he do this? He was there when the Judge made his order but for some twisted reason of his own he wants to try and drive a wedge between the kids and I. Telling the 6 year old "don't worry boy they can't keep us apart forever, just keep telling mummy you want to go to the park with me". I then have to spend half an hour explaining that none of this situation is our fault and if there is anyone to blame its daddy for not being able to control himself. What am I suppose to do? There is no way I am going to do anything that might jeopardise the powers that be's faith in me as a parent and I have been told on no uncertain terms that the contact stays as it is for the time being. In the meantime Mr I have rights and I want to see my kids, has raised concerns over my parenting skills but is still not providing any regular maintenance for the children and doesn't seemed bothered by the fact that he isn't helping to keep a roof over their heads. Does he seriously think that someone who has a pending criminal trial on his head would be given custody of his children? does he want the kids to go in to care? The kids themselves in the meantime are growing up happy, healthy and confident in this single parent family. Everyone who spends time with has remarked on how well they are getting on and how much more settled they seem. They are looking forward to their well deserved time off over the summer and I plan to do lots of things with them, just hope we start getting some decent weather.
Anyway sorry for ranting, still trying to get things off my chest. Its going to be a long process and unfortunately this is one of my ways of venting. I will try for a happier post soon, I promise..! xx