FamilyLife Blended® Minute
New Stepparent, Sassy Teenager
I need help, Ron. I've got a sassy teenager.
About the Guest
Maria is a new stepmom with a 15-year-old stepson who she described as sassy and disrespectful. Maria, you're not alone. Any parent with a teenager-even a biological parent-recognizes these attitudes. It's part of the territory. Not knowing your role and having a distant relationship with him doesn't help either. So, lower your expectations. When you stepson is disrespectful let your husband take the lead. And even though your stepson acts like you're invisible, don't disappear. Stay engaged.
Ron DealRon L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series
I need help, Ron. I’ve got a sassy teenager.