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The Pouting Step Son

17 years ago


I am looking for some advise on how to deal with our 12 year old (almost 13) step son.

Some background information...My husband has joint custody of his two children. They live with us two days during the week and every other weekend.

For the most part, things are good, but his son pouts and closes himself in his room when he doesn't get his way.

He pouts if we ask him to put his plate in the dishwasher, he pouts if I ask him to help his Dad with the firewood, he pouts if I tell him he can't have that third bowl of cereal.

He doesn't seem to have a lot of respect for his father or I. He's happy when his Dad spends $500 for new hockey equipment, but he doesn't seem to appreciate what we do for him.

Any suggestions?

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