I am a mum of two gorgeous children a boy 25 months and a girl 11 weeks ... my problem is that I also have 3 step daughters almost 12, almost 10 and 4 years old and tey don't have rules at home, the 4 year old does not have a bed time and is allowed to eat and drink crap al day, she drinks coke all the time apart from at our house and at pre school ... my problem is that my partner as much as he hates her having coke and hates that she doesn't sleep properly feels that we shouldnot put rules on her at our place because she doesn't like coming as it is (they stay every second week-end) ... I stood firm and refuse to let her have soft drink but the sleeping thing is hard, they all sleep in the 2nd lounge room and I put a movie on for them to go to sleep, but she just will not go to bed at a reasonable hour and I feel like I a not allowed to just tell her it is bedtime and not to get back out of bed. If I give in and let her do as she wants, just like she does at home, how do I do it without my son thinking she is special and gets to do what she wants, he is growing up and is not stupid ... when they aren't there he goes to bed at 5:30pm and sleeps through and when they are thereit is no later than 7pm ... hardly seems fair when she gets to stay up? What can I do? Better still, what would you do?
Lisa - Tyler (06/05), Emily (05/07)