08-14-2020 12:18 AM
08-14-2020 12:16 PM
Firstly, welcome to our forums, and thanks for sharing. It sounds like you're feeling really bothered by your step-daughters lack of acknowledgement of yourself, and feeling quite uncomfortable with her in the home - is that right?
Can you tell us a little bit more about how she isn't acknowledging you? How bad is it? Is there any way to discuss this with her?
These sort of circumstances can be really hard to navigate and I can hear that you are feeling unheard and quite powerless about it all.
It does sound like your step-daughter may be going through a rough time. If you feel comfortable, it might be worth referring her to Kids Helpline so that she can get some support for whatever is going on for her. I'd also encourage you to give Parentline a call so that you can get some support, because it sounds like you're feeling (understandably) quite upset about it all. They are a phone service for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old and offer confidential and anonymous counselling and support on parenting issues. The number for Parentline differs per state. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see which number to call if you're interested.
08-14-2020 02:12 PM
08-14-2020 03:24 PM
Mmmm I see. I can understand why that would be hard.
It really is tricky. It would be awful to feel ignored like that. At the same time, it is his daughter, and it is important that he maintains a good relationship with her for her own mental health. That is not to say that rules, boundaries and respect aren't important. They are...but it really is tricky in these types of situations - and a lot of your next steps depend on the dynamics of your relationship.
Given that you can't really change his daughter's actions, and because it does seem to be getting to you quite a bit, I'm wondering if thinking about the situation a little differently might help. For instance, the next time the daughter does something that upsets you, try and notice the things that you tell yourself, and then maybe try to challenge some of the unhelpful things. E.g., if you catch yourself saying "she's ignoring me. She hates me. Maybe I've done something wrong." you can challenge it by saying "well, she's a young girl, she's going through her own issues at the moment, there's nothing wrong with me and I'm not going to take it personally."Or you could try telling yourself "well, it is the way it is, all I can do is continue to be diplomatic and hope that things improve." Of course, there's always the option of moving out like you said, but that just depends on how you feel and what you really want.
I thought I'd tag a few other parents to see if they have any insights for you.
08-14-2020 06:01 PM
oh wouldn't it be great for parents and step parents if we could fast forward some life skills and experience into the heads of teenagers. Pretty much it's all about me if they perceive their world to not be perfect. I think Tom was really onto a good idea with the suggestion to re- evaluate the terms of engagement with your step daughter. So yes she is being a little ?&* in her treatment of you. A little respect and consideration goes a very long way in enabling us to put up with teenage angst drama or just plain selfishness .However you are not getting enough back up from your partner and maybe banging heads with your step daughter wont achieve anything except more of the same from her. An expression that used to annoy me but actually doesn't any more was the kid speak " what ev's" So maybe you can use that with her . Example being hi ...... how was your day ? Or when there is no good night to you you can say , oh no hello , oh no goodnight , oh yeah whatever . Then over time if there is still no response it comes down to , Hi young lady you don't have to like me but if you want to stay here full time, a few manners go a long way to making this work for you, AND ME, and your dad . Not sure how you will be able to get your partner to engage more but you did mention the 2 of them are amiable.You will need to explain to him , hey buddy it's about me to !, How are we going to work together to solve the problems I am experiencing with your daughter . Ask for help . If it's not forthcoming explain that your relationship is a partnership and you need some help . He may just need his bubble burst. If he refuses to help you, well I guess you don't have a relationship you have a convenience store , the goods are going out but the customers are not paying up . I am not wishing to sound over the top but as a bloke I can tell you sometimes we really do need a good poke to stir us into action . If you are happy day to day it has a flow on effect for everyone , ignore the insults ,temporarily from your step daughter , draw his attention to how you are trying to cope and if help is not forthcoming poke him with a big stick . Cheers
08-14-2020 08:08 PM
08-15-2020 01:29 AM
no it should not be a problem if she lives permanently with you . It could be great.However it is a problem.Not sure how you are going to get that into your partners head . ERR excuse me darling but this is a problem. Does he really think it is acceptable that she totally ignores or is downright rude to you in your own house. Is her arrogant attitude towards you learnt behaviour from him .I am sorry but you may need to wake him up to the fact that a family is a complex unit and for it to work ok maybe everyone isn't best friends .but respect and courtesy are the bare minimums .That goes for him as well as his daughter. If you were 2 people leading separate lives and he chose his daughter over you well ok you can make your deciscions accordingly. If you are a family or supposedly a family his attitude does not reflect any respect towards you . Cheers