05-07-2020 10:44 AM - last edited on 08-25-2020 09:47 AM by Janine-RO
Ask a Child and Family Professional
Step Parenting: "My step daughter doesn't listen to me, and often says things that upset me. How can I communicate my boundaries with her, without undermining her biological parents or damaging our relationship?"
Being a step-parent can be a challenging experience. It sounds like you are wanting to create a respectful and appropriate relationship with your step daughter- one that fosters a healthy relationship between you and her whilst allowing her biological parents to do the parenting.
You may like to consider the following:
Child & Family Professional, The Benevolent Society
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05-08-2020 09:32 AM
Thank you so much coach90. It is a very timely post.
I am struggling to learn how to let go and to respect boundaries. It is so hard to work on a new relationship who has minimal contact, and to earn trust and validation when there are academic pressures on the child.
05-08-2020 11:38 AM
We're glad you found it helpful @PeteNorthside
08-04-2020 02:42 PM
Hi @Goneforawalk , I just thought I would tag you here in case you find these tips for step parents helpful at all to discuss with your partner. I can really empathise a lot with what you're going through, I'm also the parent of a tween in a blended family and discipline is probably the thing that we find the most challenging, especially when hormones are starting to make their presence felt. Hang in there.
08-04-2020 02:48 PM