03-22-2020 08:46 AM - edited 03-22-2020 08:46 AM
03-22-2020 04:21 PM
Thanks so much for posting here. It sounds like you're in a really difficult situation at the moment, and are forced to play mediator between your wife and daughter. This can be exhausting at the best of times, let alone in a situation where everything is feeling quite amped up and stressful. I was wondering if you had spoken to your daughter about the specifics as to why she doesn't like her step-mother? It could be a good place to open up the dialogue, and see if you can work on improving or changing her mind on some points. It also sounds like your daughter is having some trouble adjusting to having 2 parents around, and the need to "share" time between everyone. It might be a good idea to potentially do some whole family activities, where both your daughter and your wife can spend some time together and work on getting to know each other in a context outside of the house. It would also be very important to sit down with your wife and speak with her about how she is feeling. It's important to empathise with the effect of this situation on her, but it's also vital that she respect you and your daughter, and the importance you play in each others' lives. I hope this helps!
03-28-2020 11:50 AM
03-28-2020 03:40 PM
I am so glad to hear that you've found the forums to be a helpful and supportive place to talk about what you're going through, and I am also really happy that you're daughter is opening up a little more
It's totally ok to take each day one at a time. Progress can be really slow sometimes, and so it's important to celebrate our victories when they come, now matter how small they may be! I am sure with your love and support your family can grow to love, support, and accept each other
04-13-2020 05:46 PM
Your daughter may be feeling resentful toward your current wife because of her mother's treatment of her when she was younger.
In a way, your daughter may be expressing the anger that she harbours for her mother and 'taking it out' on your wife. Your daughter may have been very deeply affected by the mother's treatment and her behaviour may be the result.
Being just you and your daughter will mean - for her - a feeling of stability and safety as she seems to only trust you. There's also the opportunity for your daughter to bond with you and she may feel that your current wife (her step-mother) will interfere with that.
You could arrange for your daughter to see a counsellor. It may appear a lot for a 14 year old to undergo therapy and face her past childhood traumas. However, your daughter will be able to explore and come to some understanding with professional help.
Your ex-wife's behaviour towards your daughter will have been a result of her own psychological issues. You mention your ex-wife's alcohol misuse, which seems to have been ongoing for many years.
Although a separate situation. Your ex-wife does appear to be in need of psychological support herself. Her alcohol misuse and suicide attempts will need to be addressed. This will be essential if she wishes to re-connect with your daughter.
Although your daughter is only fourteen years old, she will need to accept the harsh reality of what has been happening in her own life. At the same time she will need to accept and understand the difficulties that you and your current wife are facing.
Your present marriage is under immense strain because your daughter and her stepmother are in conflict with each other.
You say that you let things go a lot of the time or just handle situations by yourself. In all fairness, you are doing your best to try and 'keep the peace'. You say that your present wife 'picks' at small things which - in all fairness - doesn't help your situation.
You can continue to handle certain aspects of this by yourself. You can explain to your present wife the difficulties that your daughter has experienced during her young life.
You may want to look into couples counselling or even family counselling. This may help you all to live together more peacefully and enable you all to resolve any conflicts more amicably.
Your daughter needs to understand that your present wife is a valued part of your life.
However bad her mother treated her, your daughter now has the opportunity to re-build her life in a healthier, more secure environment.