Stepson is so rude

Janis - posted on 06/27/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a son with Man and his 10 year old lives with us. His mom rarely picks him up and I never get adult time with my husband. On top of that his son is super rude, plays around a lot at school, doesn't listen to me, and his son is arrogant. How do I deal w a 10 year old that doesn't want to listen and his attitude???? I've talked to my husband many times but dismisses it like its not important. We never get date nights and I don't have any friends so feeling kind of lost.....

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Michelle - posted on 06/28/2015

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Look at it from the child's point of view, his own Mother doesn't care about him so maybe his way of making sure he doesn't get too close to you is to play up.
It would be very upsetting for any child to realize that one of his parents don't want him. I would suggest counselling for him and you need to keep letting him know that you are there for him.
It will take time for him to realize that you are there to help and support him.

In regards to not getting adult time, most of us don't when we become parents. That's why parenting is about.

Janis - posted on 06/28/2015

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Absolutely, I've played games with him watched movies, helped him w homework, taken him to the park...like I have also told him I care about him and he is super important. I try and give him motivation to do well in school and be a good person.

Lanie - posted on 06/28/2015

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Maybe he acts up because he can feel that you resent him. Have you actually tried doing things with him and forming a relationship?

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