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July 16, 2020 28 min
One thing we’ve never addressed on the 𝗠𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁 is the parenting perspective of a woman who ends up with a man who already has two kids of his own. Did we mention the woman had intentionally committed to never having kids? Dani Alpert is this woman. She’s also the same woman who wrote 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗚𝗜𝗥𝗟𝗙𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗗 𝗠𝗢𝗠: 𝗔 𝗠𝗘𝗠𝗢𝗜𝗥 (published May 2020), which is a book based on her experience of becoming a quasi-parental figure and how she navigated her way through the uncharted waters and eventually found herself wanting to ditch the guy, but keep the kids—go figure!⁣ ⁣In tonight’s episode, find out what exactly is a “girlfriend mom”, how Dani made a connection with the kids, and how she and the ex-wife (mother to the kids) get along…! We also find out an exclusive that’s only been shared with us—you heard it on the Mother Forking Podcast first! 𝗧𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀!⁣ ⁣𝗦𝗬𝗡𝗢𝗣𝗦𝗜𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗚𝗜𝗥𝗟𝗙𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗗 𝗠𝗢𝗠: “Dani (intentionally child-free) fell in love with someone with kids. Facing inherent complications, she reluctantly became a quasi-parental figure, worrying how (or if) she would (or could) love (or like) her boyfriend's kids. She struggled to set boundaries, ricocheting between them and me while addressing her hang-ups, biases, and immaturity. And just when she couldn't imagine life without the kids, she was dumped for a natural blonde.⁣ ⁣Adrift in an avalanche of hurt, Dani wouldn't be ignored, not after seven years. Love wouldn't be denied, and she and the kids wouldn't break up.⁣ ⁣Alpert's darkly funny memoir takes us through the ups and downs of making, un-making, and then re-making a new family. It's a story about unconditional love, unimaginable friendship, and a fierce tenacity to fight for what is right. It's about human connections and the relationships you never saw coming. The Girlfriend Mom explores what it means to not only love but to be loved.⁣” RESOURCES
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