Trouble in paradise

Brittany - posted on 05/20/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




I just recently got married i have a 6 year old son from a previous relationship and my husband has a 5 year old from a previous relationship and we are expecting one together i am at a loss on what to do with my stepson he is disrespectful to me and i know boys fight and all but i think he goes to far with my six year old he teases him until he cries (not that my son doesnt also tease but not so severely) im starting to think my stepson has ADHD or ODD or both anyone have any advice Im not sure how to approach my husband on the subject.


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Lauren - posted on 05/23/2013




If you are married, you accept the responsibility--and right--to discuss things openly. You care about your family--all of its members--and you want to help make sure every child is getting appropriate attention and care and that everyone can love one another. On the other hand, your step son may be rebelling because of the recent marriage, new brother and baby on the way--that's a HUGE amount of change for an adult, let alone a child. Make sure he gets one-on-one time with his dad and make sure you and your husband are consistent in setting boundaries and limits with all the consistent.

And perhaps talk to his pedetrician or a school social worker to see if there is counseling he could do to help him understand the changes happening. Often simply knowing he has an outlet can change a child's behavior.

Angel - posted on 05/20/2013




I would just tell him how it is, im 24 and been married for 6.5 yrs and that's how we handle things one of us usually gets mad, but after everything has settled down we always seem to figure it out.

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