Quote:A multiple and a parent. I'd be interested in hearing about how you balance those two and what challenges you feel you face as a result of them.
Before we had co-consciousness, things were difficult. We knew we were multiple before we became pregnant, but we also thought the system was very small. We also didn't have a good idea of how deeply trauma had shaped it. Once our son hit certain age markers, a lot of our memories came back--and a lot of "new" people made themselves known for the first time. We struggled with consistency and constantly felt bad about it, even when we all vowed to be Mom. When he was old enough to begin asking questions, we explained things to him as best we could, though didn't fill in all details. He knows he has a lot of different Moms now, and some of them by name. He doesn't generally differentiate unless he's giving someone specific presents, though.
Quote:Could you please share who's who in your system? And maybe even what 'kin types they identify as?
For some of us, the tendency to split was like a habit; it continued even after the original trauma was dealt with. Because of that, our system is extremely large, with 80+ members. Most live internally, rarely if ever fronting. A goodly portion of those are not otherkin. Those that are other, and who you most likely to see are:
Ben - older male, cynical, a tiger therianthrope, but doesn't shift much
Emma - teenage female, ambitious and driven, a lycanthrope
Erik - older male, Emma's father, serious, also a lycanthrope
Ghost - older male, serious, a shifter still looking for his totemic form
Imri / Sarisel - older male, studious, a human sometimes possessed by an angel
Kami - teenage male, funny, a complete mystery, but very interested in this site
Keyadis - teenage male, a little awkward, a polar bear therianthrope
Kira - child female, won't be let run around unaccompanied, shifter looking for her totemic form
Koi - teenage male, Kira's older brother, quirky, suspects totemic form but scared to shift
Meretris - adult male, interested in the occult, a greyhound therianthrope and gender-slider
Straif - adult male, Meretris' twin, also interested in the occult, a cheetah therianthrope and gender-slider
Obi - older male, system-head, shifter with multiple forms and gender-slider
Just to note: Ben, Ghost, Imri, Meretris, Straif, and Obi come from the same family line. Obi is also Kira and Koi's father. Also, we promise to introduce anyone before they post if they're not on this list.
Thank you, everyone, for the warm welcomes!