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: Can’t take my wife’s kids Hi Steve, Shirley and Tommy, I’m a 33-year-old black man. I just got married to the woman of my dreams, but I’m haveing a hard time trying to get things together. When I first starting dating her she was with child and the baby wasn’t mine. But because I was in love with her I still didnt walk away. We lived in two different states, so we would spend time with each other when we could. She had the baby and I was right there with her. We got married two days before the baby was born and I moved 1700 miles across the country to be with her. Once I got there she told me she didn’t want to work any more. She has two other kids — a boy that is 14 and a girl that is nine. This is were the problem comes in. They are very disrespectful toward me. Every time I say somthing to her about it she gets mad. Now I’m like, should I just leave? I really dont want to, but what am I to do. I’m taking care of one child that was not mine from the start. I’m about ready to slap the hell out of her son. He told me he would kick my ass and the little girl keeps saying, “You’re not my daddy.” Please help. I sold my barber shop to come and have a new start, but damn. –A woman in love with another woman’s man
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