When you're dating and decide to break up, are your kids allowed to stay friendly with the ex?
In an article for Babble.com, Beth Bernstein says she was OK with losing her boyfriend but wanted to keep the kids -- or at least have visitation rights.
She had realized her boyfriend wasn't a perfect match but she had grown very close to his two children.
So we asked you to share your stories and here's what you had to say:
Jennifer S.: "My husband lived with someone for seven years and had ended the relationship a couple of years before we started dating. Her son was less than a year old at the time when they first started living together. My husband was the only father figure he had for the first seven years of his life. His mother allowed him to remain in her son's life and now he's 20 years old and as much of a child to us as our biological children. We are so grateful that she allowed that to happen."
Ericka N.: "I think it depends on the situation. I was with my ex for 5 years. He had full custody of his son who was 6 months when we got together. His biological mother saw him every other weekend but it only last for a year then she stopped all contact and moved to California. I have been the only real mother he has known since then. I was the one who sat with him in the hospital when he got sick, I am the one who potty trained him, I am the one who signed him up for school, I am the one who he wants when he is sick. My ex & I broke up just over a month ago. I see my son every weekend & often throughout the week. My ex lets me see him basically whenever I want. I will always love my son even if he is not my biological son! He calls me mommy. I call him my son. My family loves him just as if he was my biological son. I think if you are the parent that child knows then I think you deserve to see that child especially since you had the choice."
Erica T.: "I'm in the same situation... we were together for 9 years and I was a stay-at-home mom of his 2 girls as well as my children. They spent more time with me than both parents combined... it hurts that I will no longer be a part of their lives..."
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