2. Don’t Try to Discipline Them…

Your step-kids need to treat you with the same respect they would show any adult. However, if they get out of line, don’t try to discipline them; let your spouse be the one to take charge.

No one wants to hear those dreaded words, “You’re not my mom/dad, you can’t tell me what to do.” Yes, you can give them love, support, and parental advice. But don’t argue with them or discipline them when they say things that hurt your feelings or do something they shouldn’t. If your spouse isn’t around when this does happen, contact them on how to handle the situation. Then tell the child, “I called your dad/mom and they said you aren’t allowed to watch TV, go outside, etc.” Having the support of your spouse will make things better for everyone.

Don’t Be a Pushover…
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