Parents: Discipline your stepchild with calm authority

Do you ever hear, “You’re not my parent!” when disciplining your stepchild? There’s a reason he’s using those words—they hurt. And if he’s upset, he may be hoping to get you just as upset.

But don’t take the bait. Instead, when you respond:

  • Say, “You’re right. I’m not your parent. But I do care about you. And this is the house rule.”·
  • Stay calm and authoritative, and let your stepchild know that you support his parent.

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