Amanda - posted on 07/07/2015 ( 6 moms have responded )
I got married about a year ago to a wonderful man with 7 kids, yes 7. And I have 2 of my own bringing it to a grand total of 9. Things were going great until we moved into our new home and rented out of guest home to his ex-wife. (not my idea) Now I have no control. The kids are over there at her house most of the time unless they come over to our house to eat or if they need something. (she doesn't have a lot of the essentials like a washer and dryer or vacuum or band aids or toothbrushes) they will literally come over to eat and then leave without picking up after themselves. When I ask, they just walk off or try to debate and refuse to do any chores. I feel like I'm just here as a maid. Even the ex-wife comes over and does her laundry, yet leaves the kids laundry for me to wash. And my husband works on the road so he's only here 2 days a week. How do I regain their respect so I go back to being a parent instead of a maid?