"When we were dating it was all about us, but when we moved in together it wasn't. But he has this incredible way of dealing with the kids.

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And we prioritise ourselves as a couple."Karen's ex takes the kids every Wednesday night and every other weekend, and so Wednesday, says Karen, is date night.

"I make sure that the kids are in bed early so we have alone time, I make sure that when we are together, it is about us."Ellen, a 46-year-old with three children, agrees that communication is key.

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Eventually, the boys liked Steven so much they invited him to dinner.

Two years later, after a series of sleepovers in Steven's apartment, they all moved in with him.

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They married in 2014 and have been happily together ever since.