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Mothering/parenting is difficult under the best of circumstances. This is not one of the better circumstances. There is something I don't understand, and that is why you moved to get away from your stepdaughter's mother/mother's family. Was the mother a dangerous person/abusive toward her daughter once she went back on drugs? You stated that her mother's ...


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Is it the "child-mother" factor that she's missing that's causing ALL of her behavioral issues? No one knows the answer to this question. It seems reasonable to assume the separation from mom is a contributor -- but then again, many 5-year-olds have behavior issues, not just children of separated parents, suggesting there might be more to your ...


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While my circumstances differ from yours, when I saw the age, my first thought was "oh no, it's the dreaded (and widely unknown) Five-Year-Old Fever!" I had a question on here last year about what my daughter's teacher named the Five-Year-Old Fever: LOTS of defiance, lying, tantrums, the works. It took a while, but the stage eventually passed. And it ...


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Let's start with the basic misassumption that plagues this kind of argument. There is NO conflict between love and strict discipline. Parents who impose strict rules love their children and want them to do well. They just want different things. How you approach Parenting is based on what you want for your child. If you want your child to be obedient and ...



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