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Hello everyone, sorry it’s been a while, my wife has issues about me coming on here but I feel I need to ask this as it’s killing me. My wife’s family is convinced that my transition is going to be too psychologically damaging to my kids. They feel that they need a male role model in their lives and that I will embarrass my kids to their peers if I become a woman. They think I am being selfish for transitioning and hurting my kids and causing my wife undeserved stress. They don’t even want me to crossdress in front of them. And my wife is in constant turmoil over whether she agrees with them or whether she wants to support me. They are telling me I need to wait until they are grown up and can decide if they want to have anything to do with me afterwards.
For me, I don’t feel I’ve been a good male role model to begin with. My complete lack of self esteem has put me in a cycle of depression and addiction to electronics that has ruled my life since before my kids were born. I’ve been a terrible, neglectful parent and I hate myself for it. My quest to transition has at last given me a drive in life and provided me with the self esteem boost I need to overcome my addiction, but my wife says that if I’m damaging my kids either way that doesn’t make it more right.
Right now I feel like I’m in limbo. I am afraid to do anything towards transitioning and fall back on my addiction. I feel that if I cannot be free to transition how I want soon, I’ll fall completely back on my addiction again, but this time I’ll know exactly what my addiction is blocking out.
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