Laurie - posted on 12/18/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )
I have just about reached the end of my rope here. I have a 10 year old step son who I have known and been a large part of his life since he was 1. We did not live together until his father and I got married to present a good moral message to him. He and I had a great relationship until I married his father. That was over 4 years ago. Things have gotten a lot better but he is CONSTANTLY telling lies, twisting his words to try and side step questions, does is homework only when he wants to, never listens to me when I am trying to help. I know there are probably buried feelings with the whole situation but I wonder if things will ever get better or is this now just a 10 year old boy being like everyone else. I am really worried for him and my sanity if the "teen years" are starting already. Punishments don't phase him. I 've tried to talk to him "adult" and explain to him that he needs to do certain things and he agrees. Then the next day he's back to his anticts. I am really getting frustrated - when I was 10 I respected my parents and I just don't feel the respect. I guess if anyone has 10 year olds - is this normal - any suggestions? It sounds horrible to say but I worry that if I don't figure something out he will be in trouble next year in the middle school. I am tired of the mind games - any advise would be appreciated.