I told myself I would stay away from making another contribution to the “JP is off with his mother for vacation” genre. I’ve covered it fairly extensively over time, both here and here. Such is the nature of divorce, it isn’t going to change, and besides, I’ll have my time with JP soon enough and it will be his mother’s turn to be blue.
That said, things will be slightly different this time, and every time from now on, as JP has a sister, Ellie, who lives with me full time. It’s impossible to predict what impact having my children only spend half of their time with each other will have on their relationship. It could be good, a way to mitigate sibling rivalries before they get going. Could be bad, too, though, as perhaps they won’t have the proper chance to bond without the weight of shared experiences. Not that I could do anything about it either way, but it’s something I think about regularly.
I’d be curious to hear from any of our readers with similar experiences. Any word from the divided/blended family contingent of DadWagon’s regulars?