Erica - posted on 11/28/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )
My two step sons are 8 and 10. I love them dearly, don't get me wrong. I'm just not sure what to do... My fiance moved in with me about 8 months ago, his two sons are at our house every other weekend. I love having them around, and when they're not there it seems very quiet in our house. But when they are there, they drive me a little bit crazy. The most recent problem we've been having: They both will get up in the middle of the night and get something to drink. They will go back to bed and pee the bed. We make sure they get enough water and juice to drink through out the day, so its not like they are completely dehydrated or anything. We cut off water about an hour before bedtime. Remind them to use the bathroom before going to sleep, and yet they still insist on sneaking water (on occasion food) into their bedroom. Now obviously they are children, and they tend to forget that parents aren't entirely... stupid. So they will leave evidence of beverages in their room. Last night, not even half an hour after they were in bed, my fiance and I were painting our closet. I went to the kitchen to get some water and heard the boys playing in their room. I went to their room and Jesse had a bottle of orange pop in his bed. I went to get my fiance, and a short time later, he came back to our room and told me Collin had a cup of orange pop hidden beside the bed that I didn't see. So now, next time they're at our house, they're grounded. Which sucks, because it's harder to spend time with them when they aren't allowed to do anything. :( But what can we do? The boys know they will have an accident, yet they continue to sneak beverages into their room at night. We talked about locking up the cups at night, but my fiance is afraid to do that, in case the boys mother finds out and calls the state. He doesn't want to loose his rights to see them, and I don't either. But what can we do? My washer is getting a work out, and we're getting exhausted. Help?