You know, I tried. I really, really tried. I thought it would be in the best interest of my two older daughters if I could get along with their step-mother. Even though they barely spend any time with her, and she has no influence in their lives, I thought it would still be nice. I truly do not like to have negative feelings about anybody. But some people just make being nice to them impossible.
It's one thing to have the gall to selfishly spend my children's child support money. It's is a completely different thing to try to control my children's relationship with their father. My children should be able to communicate with their father without going through her. Why should they have to worry about her reading their letters to their father? Or even worse than that, discarding their letters and telling their father that they just don't care enough to write to him?
And on the child support issue, the Army, for some reason (most likely the ex's fault), did not take out the child support payment from their father's paycheck, which was deposited into the step-mother's bank account. So, what did she do? Not what she should have, which is turn around and pay the child support out of the paycheck. Nope, she decided the money was hers to do with as she pleased. When she was "informed" of the error, she decided that all she could be bothered to give up was a measly $100, which the state still has not received.
I could go on and on about how my children have been mistreated and slighted ever since their father hooked up with this girl, but I won't. I'd probably end up with carpal tunnel syndrome if I did. Of course, in all honesty, she doesn't deserve all of the blame here. If my ex was any kind of real man, any kind of real father, he wouldn't put up with this kind of selfish behavior from his wife, or wouldn't have hooked up with someone like that in the first place. If he were any kind of real father, he would put the needs of these girls first.