Every day we feature the beloved "Strawberry Letter
" franchise that is so popular on "The Steve Harvey Morning Show
," heard nationwide. Send in your letters and Shirley Strawberry will dish out the necessary advice. Today's topic: He left us for a new family
Dear Morning Crew, How do you keep from being a bitter black woman? I was married for seven years. I believe that marriage is a learning experience and you grow together. We both made our mistakes, but I thought that staying, despite my husband having a child outside of the marriage that is the same age as our daughter, and going to a thousand counseling sessions, that we were getting better. I was so caught up in keeping him, I didn't realize that not only was he cheating me out of time and love, but our four kids as well. I made excuses for me having to play both roles because he is in the military. He married a week after our divorce and tricked me in court pretending that he was single and that he wanted to be a better father, which I so much desired for my four children, especially my boys. He now has three stepsons and prides himself in being a good stepfather. I don't get it, because he is not being a father to his own kids. He lives in Germany, so that's his excuse about not being involved. I wanted to get to know the kids' stepmom at first but she thinks I still want him. I just wanted to be co-parents. Yes I'm hurt, because of our divorce, but a man or woman comes and goes and our kids are a lifetime. I just want him to love them the way I love them. They are amazing. I want to share little things they do with him and I want my kids to be apart of his family. Our kids are seven, six, four and three. How does a man all of sudden fall in love with someone's kids when he doesn't even know his own?
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