Behavior issues with child


Q: My 6 year old stepson is very defiant. At first I can honestly say that I blames his behaviour on both his mother(who only has time for him 3 weekends a month and half the time doesn't take him) and my husband who loses his patience easily. I have heard that since I became part of my stepsons life that his behaviour has improved dramatically. However, I would hate to see how he behaved then if how he acts now is any indication. If you tell him to do one thing he always has to push you and do something else. It could be as simple as put your glass in the sink..he'll lay it on the counter. WHatever he is asked to do is done on his own terms. It's like I know you said to lay it there but I'm going to lay it here because I feel like it. When he started Kindergarten last year he used to get out of his seat and sit on the floor or wander around the classroom, however with alot of strictness from his teacher and a visit from the principal he stopped this about half way throught the year. We went to parent teacher interviews last month and the teacher said that he is defiant in class. He basically looks at her as if to say will I do as she asks or do whatever I want. I'm frustrated and at the end of rope with this child. He's affecting my relationship with my spouse because he seems to love causing conflict with everyone. I don't believe this is an issue of a broken home. Apparently he was worse when they were together. I need help.


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