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Old 06-28-2012, 11:26 PM
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Plus it's my thread and it died long ago ....no one else will really cares It's just you and me talking
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As you know-I have kids. The oldest is now 20, but she was 17 when we "came out poly".
The youngest is now 5.

The youngest, as you noted, definitely just considers it "part of life".
The oldest managed well, but finds herself occasionally at a loss on how to explain us to people whom she isn't interested in explaining the whole thing too.
Generally, at that point she refers back to history-when she met my boyfriend at age 2 (he wasn't my boyfriend then) she referred to him as her uncle. So, when she is feeling sensitive and not up to long explanations, that is what she explains him as to others.
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:06 PM
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Old 07-01-2012, 01:55 PM
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My thoughts and questions came from thinking about lives enmeshed ...interwoven full time, part time and if that could facilitate the adding of partners or hinder it. And if restless heart syndrome does exists could such factors play apart in a few years down the road. Would it be easier to change the dynamic ?
Well, not sure if this answers your question, but both homes are about 1.5 hours away from each other. I personally have no interest in the foreseeable future of having a group living arrangement. I don't ever really see myself getting close enough to his OSO to want that.

Soooo, given that, he's trying to split his time evenly between both homes. It doesn't work out 50-50, due to limitations on MY part (my weekends are my time with my kids, and even though I'm working on salting him into their lives, I don't want them to feel like he's taking from their time with me), but he's trying, and I think we'll eventually (mostly) get there.

Will it hinder his ability to have additional partners? I'd say yes, for multiple reasons - travel time and a new job, plus time with us doesn't leave much time for anyone else (including himself, which is important). Another big reason is that, as a Mono, "Quality Time" girl, I don't think I can work on a lifelong relationship on anything less than half time. What I have now is tough. I can't do it on less. So, that would factor into it too.


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The question about the kids was an extension of that. Really young kids might not notice or care ... or get attached in a step parent type situation. The role and time spent with your BF and it's part time nature and their acceptance or annoyance over this situation. Older teenage kids might have extreme reactions from both sides of the spectrum. All the predictable stuff that goes along with the different age brackets of kids.
True. I may have been a bit tetchy that day. Sorry, DH.

The kids are 11 and 8. Not young enough to roll with it all that smoothly. They're getting used to him, but they're still not "there" yet. And they're still quite sensitive to the divorce and move, and subsequent lack of time with me. I don't want them to see him as a threat to THAT, so I'm trying to work him into OUR lives gradually. Probably slower than we (he and I) would really like, but now it's OUR turn to be patient.


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Also curiosity...I was thinking that it could get expensive for him... 2 dwellings ..., stuff at each, maintenance, etc, etc ....then I thought it might cost the same or even less.....that's all.

Plus it's my thread and it died long ago ....no one else will really cares It's just you and me talking
Hee hee...

Well, due to the sloooooow-moving nature of this, he really doesn't have much stuff here. All his furniture is at his other home, but it was all stuff that he cobbled together from his sister, etc., when HE got divorced, so it's more like "Early American Salvation Army" decor and nothing he's really attached to. Some of it got tossed out when his OSO moved in, so I'm guessing it wasn't in the best shape.

Edited to add: I take part of that back - he recently set up a box full of his old Gundam figures on a shelf in the main stairs of the house. That's better than a piece of furniture to me - it's a piece of him and his past.

Due to the lack of a job until recently, we haven't talked finances - he has to pay half the rent on his other place, and he was in no place to chip in here. We've talked about financial contribution now that he's starting to work again, but we're trying to make it reasonable... I bought this house without expecting anyone else to pay half, so I don't really expect him to blow a huge chunk of his paycheck on a sizeable chunk of my mortgage. Since we eat at home a lot, though, he's chipping in for groceries. And beer.

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Old 07-03-2012, 02:24 PM
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Even though you are the mono arm of this poly dynamic if you factor in the kids and the time split required.... you might actually are having a very similar poly experience...sans the romantic stuff.
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:48 PM
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