I'm pretty new to this forum..I have been reading and enjoying the discussions for many months (been a bit shy in contributing tho) and this place seems like a wonderful place to discuss issues from an Orthodox perspective. I have a similar question in regarding books for mothers. In my situaiton, I am an Orthodox stepmother, whose wonderful husband converted 6 months before our wedding in August 2011. He is immesely supportive of the position I hold within our family, which now includes a 5 year old girl, Lily, and a 7 year old girl,Violet. My issue, which is a fairly delicate one, is that the girls mother, is very much against the children being exposed to any form of religion, especially the Orthodox Church we attend. She has many diagonosed mental illness's and has restricted visitation in the past because of my husbands refusal to sign a paper stating that he would never, under any circumstances, bring the children to church. He refused to sign such a document and then didn't see his girls for almost 3 weeks
She eventually allowed the girls to visit,after we got legal counsel involved. How do we handle this type of situation, and if there are any resources in the Orthodox world that would help and guide us in our journey. He is going back to court in April, to once again assert his rights and the rights of the children, in everything, including the right to go to church. Any advice would be very much appreciated and I hope I didn't ramble too much.
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