I hate being a stepmother
For three years, I have taken care of my husband's three kids. They were supposed to have joint custody, but his ex didn't pay her mortgage and so she got kicked out of that house and has moved about 9 times since then. She has had a couple more kids with a couple different men; she gets food stamps for all three of the kids even though they live with us now. They hate me because I ask them to say, "Please" and "Thank You." I make them shower, brush their teeth, and cut their fingernails and toenails at regular intervals. I make them take their plates to the sink after dinner and put their dirty clothes in the laundry room. I have spent thousands of dollars sending them to summer camp, buying them clothes and school supplies. They have broken the banister, most of the furniture, and shattered the windshield of my care with rocks. Their father works nights, which means I have to put them to bed every night and get them to school every morning. He claims to love them but he never fills out the paperwork he needs to for school so I wind up doing it. They go to see their mother only on the weekends, and when they come back, they are back to their old ways, and all they talk about is how great it is at their mom's and how much they hate it at my house because I have a few rules. They stink because both she and her current boyfriend smoke. I am broke and usually hungry because both they and their father live in my house and eat all the food so that I never get any. They have tortured my poor cats. I am so tired and angry; my husband keeps saying it will change, but I have decided I am going to leave him and try to get my own life back. I'm sick of cleaning up after all of them and having them just wreck it again in 10 minutes.