disrespectful step child

Jerseymom78 - posted on 10/14/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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What to do when you have a disrespectful step child

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Ev - posted on 10/15/2013

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I would say that you seem to have a good working relationship where the kids are concerned with both parents, I would keep working with them. I would keep suggesting the testing and evaluations that he needs. There could be underlying issues such as ADD, ADHD, some form of Autism spectrum (my own son has one of those and if you did not know it you would think he was acting out. He is a teen now and is doing well with having had therapy in the classroom at school and worked with by parents), learning disorder, behavioral issues, and a host of other things that can be tested for. But I would keep suggesting this and if they do decide to test him be a part of it since he lives between both homes.

Jerseymom78 - posted on 10/15/2013

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Been in my life since 2 years of age. I am married with 3. He doesn't do well with authority. Shows signs of social anxiety. I've had a great relationship until now that he's 11. I have good communication with his mom. We speak often. She too, remarried and had two more children with current husband. Both families have experienced his disrespect. I encourage dad to spend quality time so that he understands how important he is to us. It works temporarily until he decides he doesn't have to live by the same rules the other children do. I have suggested mom have him evaluated or sent to social skills group to help him. In the meantime, I have my children who are witnessing this and I work double now to make sure they don't do the same. Any suggestions? Should I step back and let the biological parents be more proactive in fixing this?

Ev - posted on 10/14/2013

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What do you mean by disrespectful? How long have you known this child and been in his or her life? What have you done to earn his or her respect as a person? Did you try to get involved and so on? Just asking.

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