There seems to be a trend among my fellow stepmom blog friends and their nearly 6-year old stepchildren: all of them seem to be exhibiting behavior problems.
For my friend AliceNelson (great blog name, wish I would have thought of it!), her nearly 6-year-old is throwing tantrums left and right.
For me, my nearly 6-year-old stepson has gotten in the habit of hitting people at school.
I know in my case, my husband, his ex and I have talked to the little guy; we've tried to figure out why he's hitting; we've encouraged him to use words rather than actions. Our tries seem to have worked a little, he's managed to reduce his hitting to one or two times a week.
But the question I would like to have answered is...is it a stepmom thing to not be able to get the reasoning behind the behavior? I read somewhere on iVillage that stepparents can have the tendency to be harsher on their stepchildren because they didn't have the opportunity to know the child since birth.
While that could be true, I wonder if there is something to the bio-mom/step-mom thing for understanding the behavior?