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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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How you should handle comments like this will depend on the situation, and what language is used around it. There is a difference between: "You're not my father! I hate you!" And: "You can't tell me what to do, you're not my father!" There's also a difference between a flippant remark, meant just to irritate/hurt you, and an outburst used as a final ...


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I'm a foster parent, our kids are in foster care for good reasons, and yet ... they're torn and very loyal to their parents. They do a lot of lashing out at us. It takes comic forms including: You're not pretty like our mom, you don't wear enough makeup. ("Yes, your mom is very pretty." and she does wear rather a lot of makeup...) You have to use cookbooks ...



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