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May 2nd, 2006, 10:02 AM
Monica_marks Monica_marks is offline
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Frankly, I would leave. It sounds as if everybody's needs are being met but your own, and you have put up with it for so long that it has become the norm.

I have a step son that is 8.5 years old, and I am nearly six months pregnant with my first, so I will have about the same age dynamic that you do when all is said and done. However, four years ago I gained control of my step-son, and to this day I do not let him get away with anything. We just recently had an issue involving the mother doing something to undermine our authority, and the issue was big enough that I got the lawyer on it ASAP. I am the boss of this family, not some outsider that lives up the street.

Further, I love my step-son, and I love my husband, and all that jazz, but nobody, and I mean nobody, is going to ##### with my kid. If anybody in this house decides to stop taking me seriously, they can pack their bags then.

And honestly, it sounds as if nobody is taking you seriously.

(On a side note, cancel the allowance completely since he does not appreciate it.)
First child, a boy, due August 27. Step-mother to eight year old boy.
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