I wish my step-daughter would go away
I'm 39 and have been married to a great guy for two years. It is my second marriage, and I love my husband very much. He is my dream come true. I do not have children from my prior marriage, but my husband has a daughter who is in high school and lives with us. I admit that my parenting skills are rough, but I try to do my best with my step-daughter.
I'm at my wits end with her, though. I've had to go to the school to discuss with one of her teachers why she got an "F" in a class due to plagiarism, and another time I had to pick her up and bring her home for dressing inappropriately. I've talked to her about these things, but she gets defensive and breaks out the "You're not my Mom" card. She is defiant, failing most of her classes, and her circle of friends consist of largely boys who probably just want to use her. My husband has been of little help when it comes to establishing my authority in the house with her.
My step-daughter truly burns me out. I can't wait for her to grow up and leave. If I never have to be around her again, I'd consider myself blessed.