Focus should be on abandoned stepchildren

Stepdad should seek professional help as he reconnects with children he abandoned when wife died. They don't need excuses.

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March 24, 2020 - 9:44 AM

Carolyn Hax

Dear Carolyn: I did something a couple of years ago regarding my two stepchildren that I’m not really proud of. Now I’m meeting with them to explain myself and I’m not sure I can.

I married their mother when my stepdaughter was 10 and my stepson was 8. I didn’t have much experience with children, but their father was out of the picture, so I did try to step up and fill that role as much as I could.

Shortly after our fifth anniversary my wife was diagnosed with lung cancer and she died nine months later. The kids and I struggled along until the school year ended, and then my mother-in-law invited them to stay for the summer.

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