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Step teen problems
12/20/2010 at 05:27 AM

My husband and I got married a year ago; we have a baby of 7 months and my husband has a teenage son of 15.

My step son is the most behaved son - in front of his dad, behind his back he is arrogant and disrespectful, I treat him like an adult and with respect as this is how he wants to be treated. He refuses to do small chores like taking dirty dishes and glasses to the kitchen and does not clean up behind himself in the bathroom - that is all I expect him to do, he has no other chores.

Yesterday we had guest over, while the father was busy we sat in the living room and the son just threw himself on the couch, not giving much room for anyone else to sit comfortable and having the tv set so loud we could not have a proper conversation.

Whenever I bring up my concerns with my husband he just laughs it off saying that it is teenage behaviour and that I shouldn't worry myself over it.

This is really getting to me, as I am afraid that my baby will grow up seeing this and thinking this is ok behaviour.

I cannot express my feelings or speak to the teenage son myself as my husband and I agreed in the beginning that he will handle difficult issues with his son.

Please help me, I feel lost in my own home.