04-18-2019 08:48 AM
04-18-2019 03:37 PM
Step children are tough work any time.
When they don't respect or listen to their biological parent you have no chance to "parent" them.
Especially if you have a different set or rule or expectation you want them to abide by.
If you try you are likely to cop it from both your new partner and the child.
I absolutely think you are doing the right thing in setting rules in your house about acceptable behaviour. It is you and your children's home and any guest needs to respect that. If the partners son "didn’t like this rule and so has packed up all his stuff and left in an angry state" that is his choice.
Given your partners son behaviour and how that becomes a role model for your children I think may be the best for your family if your partners son is no longer living with you.
If this has driven a wedge between me and my partner then that is not good. I hope your partner is just venting his frustration that his son is causing and not blaming you for his son's choices.
You offered a temporary place for the son to stay, if the son then leaves that is not on you it is on the son.
Hopefully the "wedge" is your partners frustration at his son is what you are feeling.
Certainly you are not responsible for his son and by offering him a place when his father is NOT living with you is IMHO generous. If your partner thinks it is your obligation then he really should get a reality check.
I would hope that these circumstances in themselves would not be the end of your relationship.
My partner had her daughters boyfriend move in when his parents kicked him out and that was tough. And he was not displaying any of the behaviours you describe.
I expect your partner is going through a tough time and might just be venting and you are in the blast zone.
If your partner is truly expecting you to accept his son no mater what the son's behaviour then I think he needs a reality check.
One thing I think you need to discuss with your partner is the statement "now (has) no other option than to move down to provide him with a home". The son is 18 and making choices about where he is living. If he chooses to behave in a manner that his mother kicks him out and chooses to move to a different location then in no way does this mean the parent has to move.
The last point is building a house together. Presuming you are going to jointly own it, this is a HUGE step. I mean really HUGE. You are talking about a binding financial commitment that if you should separate in the future will likely end up at the lawyers to seperate.
My partner and I looked at doing this when we were in our relationship honeymoon (not marriage) but now we realise we have very different financial priorities and ways of looking at work and money.
I don't know your current status (Renting/owning) but I strongly suggest you don't let your partners son choices determine if you enter the huge commitment of joint property ownership with your partner.
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04-19-2019 02:19 PM - edited 04-19-2019 02:25 PM
Welcome to ReachOut and thank you for sharing.
@PapaBill has provided you with a great response. I personally think it was absolutely generous of you to offer your home to this boy, given he's not your responsibility. I think this is especially the case if having him around is negatively impacting your own children. It is perfectly fine to enforce rules in your own home. Your partner should be appreciative of the fact that you welcomed his son into your home. He should be thanking you. I see no reason as to why it should draw a wedge between the two of you, and if it does, it's definitely not your fault. You mentioned your partner keeps sweeping his son's issues under the rug while he's living with you - which, to me, is incredibly unfair on you.
Sorry if my answer was a bit blunt - but that's my honest opinion. Don't blame yourself here. It sounds like you have gone over and above for your partner and his son. You've done nothing wrong from what you've told us. Just be strong and do what is right for you and your children.
04-19-2019 08:33 PM
04-20-2019 09:39 AM
04-23-2019 12:22 PM
I completely agree with some of the posts here from @PapaBill , @TOM-RO and @Dad4good - what you did for your partners son was incredibly generous and brave It takes so much strength to welcome a teen into your home and to support him for the time you did. Both he and your partner are lucky to having such a compassionate person in their lives, as are your kids!
I can imagine it must be so painful to watch your relationship come under strain as a result of what your partner's son is going through at the moment- my heart really goes out to you
I am wondering if you have heard of Relationships Australia before? They offer some really great services, including over the phone support, counselling and fact sheets on dealing with these types of challenging dynamics. We have referred a lot of parents and young people to these services before, and really recommend them if you feel they could be helpful in reconnecting with your partner.
How have your kids been going with all of this? You mentioned that your partners' son's drug use was really impacting them. How are they going now he has left the house?
I hope that you were able to do something nice for yourself over the Easter break We are always here to listen