“I didn’t asked to be born!” shouted my teen from the bedroom. “It’s not fair. Nobody else has to do this!  You’re so mean!”


And the door to the purple room closes with a slam.


“Good thing you didn’t ask to be born today,” I thought to myself.  “Today the answer would be No, not today, because nothing is going to come out of my body, and turn around and talk to me like that.”


“Well tell God, because He thought it was a good idea—at the time,” I replied toward her bedroom. “And your room still has to be cleaned before you go to Michelle’s house.”


I whispered a prayer. “Father, help me to survive this child, and please make sure she gets caught on everything that tries to divide her from you.” (From String of Pearls ~Diane W. Bailey).


Disrespectful talk comes out of many teenagers whether they are in a stepfamily, single parent home or in a family of birth.  In a stepfamily you are facing children that you cannot punish for bad behavior as you would your own children, and your birth children resent that you are stricter on them than you are on the stepsibling. 

Here is what to do…


Today, I’m posting with Jessica Hoover as she prepare to bring a her new baby into the world.  Would you join us?


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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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