I'll be perfectly honest. I'm here because I just feel so desperate. I've been a stepmother to my husband's kids for nearly a decade. They came to us via a contentious custody change, and I'm not trying to be mean when I say they were a mess. I had to quit my job, and I went from being single to married to pregnant with my first child to the parent of 5 children in about 20 months. (I have two more additional kids that came later.) Well, after years and years of effort - and very little support from my husband - I am completely burned out on raising my stepkids. Their biological mother is a mess, and my husband has his own issues with parenting (as in, he doesn't want to.) I feel estranged from my stepkids at this point, and I hate to say it, but a lot of times I wish they'd just go away. I feel bad about feeling that way, but it's true. If I can't be honest here, then what's the point? Anyway, I feel like I've messed up everything and should never have become a full-time caregiver to these kids. I'm bleeding inside. Any advice?
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