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Another step family article in the DM

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FeelingTheFire Thu 06-Feb-14 08:44:35

I know it's from the DM so should really be taken with a pinch of salt but am I the only one who thinks Step mum's attitude to some things is a bit hmm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2552539/The-tensions-simmering-one-stepfamily-Four-members-fractured-family-ALL-chests.html

Sparklysilversequins Thu 06-Feb-14 09:10:59

No you're not the only who thinks the SM is a controlling witch, no.

WanderingAway Thu 06-Feb-14 09:48:16

The SM didnt come across well. It seemed like it was her way and no other way.

Frogbyanothername Thu 06-Feb-14 10:45:39

This reads like a classic work of nursery fiction which reinforces the stereotype of wicked stepmums grin

The new wife has been married to the DCs dad for 9 years, over twice as long as the DCs parents were married. Hardly new, is she; unless the status of first wife is somehow elevated compared with all subsequent spouses?

It repeatedly refers to custody which is a US term, not UK - do the DM not know this, or are they using that particular term because it is more emotive than residency?

As for the quotes from the adults involved, they don't flow, they are disjointed and I'd be prepared to speculate have been taken out of context.

FeelingTheFire Thu 06-Feb-14 11:36:24

As for the quotes from the adults involved, they don't flow, they are disjointed and I'd be prepared to speculate have been taken out of context.

True, it is the daily mail after all wink. Reads almost like the sterotypical wicked step mum doesn't it? Or how the DM would like readers to think...

FeelingTheFire Thu 06-Feb-14 11:50:25

Sorry frog, just re-read and can see you have mentioned the sterotypical step mum already blush

croquet Thu 06-Feb-14 15:13:06

just read the story - oh dear! what a nightmare.
The little girl doesn't look very happy does she.

Sparklysilversequins Thu 06-Feb-14 15:16:16

If there's any truth in it, I am pretty sure Shona will be voting with her feet in a couple of years.

Frogbyanothername Thu 06-Feb-14 15:28:08

I'm sure she'll have strong opinions about her parents, who agreed to showcase her family life so publicly, like some kind of exhibition. hmm

I hope names have been changed so it doesn't come up on search engines when she's older - but the photos are genuine enough.

needaholidaynow Thu 06-Feb-14 15:37:22

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Sparklysilversequins Thu 06-Feb-14 15:48:27

The husband sounds completely ineffectual, couldn't deal with family life with his first wife, completely bowed out of all the practical arrangements for seeing his dd.

Petal02 Thu 06-Feb-14 16:53:16

Totally agree with Sparklysilversequins

nocontactforevermore Thu 06-Feb-14 18:18:22

Agree Sparkly- and exactly how my dd's father prefers to parent her. All emails about contact are written by his wife but signed by him.

Frogbyanothername Thu 06-Feb-14 20:23:04

<whispers> it is fictitious, though - so, whether he is a wet blanket or a positive, equal parent, we'll never really know.

Imagine if you were reading that article whilst sat opposite him on a train, though! The family were very naive if they thought they'd get fair representation by the press.

Of course, it could be entirely made up; the family may not even exist!

Kaluki Fri 07-Feb-14 10:32:12

So bloody biased - typical Daily Mail.
Interesting to see the daughters perspective on the situation though - she sounds very well balanced so they did something right.
As for the father ... don't get me started!!!

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