I was talking to someone recently about how we all have 'abandonment issues' from our parents. It's so easy when we don't get attention to feel abandoned.
I struggled with this a lot when I was younger. My parents were separated when I was 5 and it was difficult witnessing my dad sifting through girlfriends when I was a teenager. Particularly because he had less custody.
When my dad recently remarried and had 4 more kids (there are 10 of us in total) to a forth woman, at his age of 72 I found it a little abnormal. But I found that I was happier knowing that my dad was happier.
I hope my story can help anyone struggling or who has previously struggled with parental separation, abandonment issues or struggling with new step or half siblings.
It's difficult not having the 'perfect' family but that's just how some things work out. I pray you find peace somehow within it all. To this day I'm still the only sibling who has visited my dad who is now living in the Philippines and connected with my new siblings. They are pretty cute.
My dad (Paul) named his new kids after himself. Lol. Really original.
This is 'Little Paul' and I a few years ago in Bohol.