Jeanie - posted on 08/26/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )
I am a full time stepmom to a wonderful 11yr old, Jacob. He is a very happy, loving child most of the time. But, when he doesn't want to do something he is very stubborn!!! He is a very strong, hefty boy, so you can't force him to do things. One example; he is very into movies. Now matter how many times he is told or gets in trouble for it, he gets tons of movies out and has them everywhere. He is scratching and ruining them. I took all the movies and put them up except for a few his special ones. I find them all out of the cases and all over the house. Same issue with books and other things. Does anyone have advice on getting him to listen? I get so frustrated when he refuses to do what I ask. I work full time and have 3 other children, one of which has adhd and odd. Also, I would appreciate any advice about chores and helping him to do every day activities without being reminded several times. He's smart and knows what he should do, but he isn't motivated.