Help! Too many teens not enough mom? What can I do?

Carrie - posted on 02/18/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have 6 teenagers in my home. Two are my biological children, and 4 are my husbands children. I love them all as if they were my own and would do anything for each and every one of them! But there are a lot of times that I just break down and act as bad as they do in my responses to them when they act out. They can be so disrespectful! It drives me crazy! One of them is pregnant, and the rest do nothing but smoke cigarettes and pot! I blame myself for the cigarettes, as I was a smoker for 30+ years. But now I am trying to quit and doing fairly well with it, but it is really hard to tell them no now that I quit cause it makes me look like a hypocrite. And the weed smoking I keep trying to squash, but they just go behind my back and do it and I don't know what to do... I guess I could drug test them myself, but I can't really afford that. Does anyone have any ideas for me?

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Denise - posted on 02/20/2012

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What does your husband say about the things that they are doing? I think that he needs to step in and lay down the law with them. I commend you on quitting smoking after 30+ years. I think that the other kids need to be mindful of the one that is pregnant and at least not smoke inside the house for the sake of their niece or nephew.

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