solomon with bay-bays kids 4

His stepdaughter is driving him crazy

TOH SMALL 11Dear Housewife: 

I need to know how to handle my 10-year-old stepdaughter. I’m old school and she’s a hot mess. She’s so spoiled I want to choke her at times. She can be sweet as pie, but I can’t handle her attitude and laziness. Her mom is finally coming around to my way of thinking, but I need to know what to do to curb it all. On my end I know I need more patience because I did curse at her a couple of times in anger, but it’s hard, cause I’m so used to kids listening to their elders. And the bad part is, she only does it to the people in our house … NO ONE ELSE!!

– Frustrated Philly Step Dad

Dear Stepdad: 

In the words of former President Bill Clinton, “I feel your pain!”  My first recommendation is for you to find a really potent sleep medication that can knock you out for about 10 years and allow you to awaken refreshed—when your step-daughter is off to college!  But seriously, have a heart-to-heart talk with your wife.  You are an outsider with no biological connection with the child.  You are not in a position to discipline her.  Explain to your wife the seriousness of her daughter’s behavior and its potential to divide your marriage and home.  You may also want to explain that the child’s behavior will eventually begin to manifest itself outside the home.  After all, if she disrespects the two of you she will disrespect other authority figures. This could be deadly. Next, if your wife is receptive to your input, the two of you should work together to come up with a list of disciplinary actions.  Your wife then needs to have a talk with her daughter and show her a list of expectations and consequences (negative and positive).   This should be posted so that everyone is clear about the rules.  If the child violates the expectations, follow through swiftly on the consequences.  If she shows improvement, affirm it and reward her. Good luck, and remember, if all else fails, the ten year nap is still an option.

(Featured illustration by Jim McHugh)

Leave a Comment

Recent Posts

Recent Comments

Subscribe for More

Join us at @barbersonbroad at 1220 N. Broad St. w/ @gethealthyphilly and @classixphilly and get a free haircut from Noon to 2 pm as we help brothers defeat #hypertension in our community. Come through!!!
Tonight at 11 @Manupphl will be featured on @nbcphiladelphia Channel 10. Fighting #gunviolence a life at a time. Tune in!
Today after 7 years of featuring her sharp commentary on my shows I finally met ⁦‪@iamroxannejones‬⁩ in person. We broke bread (ok we ate everything but the bread) and plotted our takeover of the media universe. Lol! Great times! @onwurd
Having a ball hosting at #WawaWelcomeAmerica with @ClassixPhilly 107.9 at #Philly City Hall. #IDanceMinistry is killing it!
Like everyone else, I was surprised that Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. It’s one thing for me to believe that Cosby was treated unfairly by a racist criminal justice system. It’s quite another thing for the state’s highest court to say Cosby’s due process rights were violated. Read on @whyy
I had a great time hosting #wawawelcomeamerica today at #Philly City Hall with @classixphilly 107.9
Murderer #DerekChauvin gets 22.5 years for killing #GeorgeFloyd. He should’ve gotten more. #BLM
Me and my Dad! Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers!
Working with Super volunteer Cheryl McFadden representing @manupphl at the #BrothersStroll at @enontab
Hanging out with listeners Gary and Sister Murray at JD’s Auto Body at 6300 Wayne Ave. Come through! We’re here until 10 am. @onwurd
Join us today until 10 am at JD’s Auto Body, 6300 Wayne Ave! We’ve got jobs, we’ve got food, we’ve got discounted @onWURD memberships and more! We want to meet you!
Join me, Mayor Jim Kenney and Dr. Ala Stanford for, “Unmasking COVID: Where does Philly go from here?” tonight at 7 pm on Classix 107.9 FM
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

This sounds like something that Im going thru!! Thanx for the advice!!


Great topic and answer!


Also, the behavior is just the tip of the iceberg, it is probably a symptom of something deeper. Have a heart to hear, but also try to find out what is really going on. It is important for you and your wife to make it clear that the behavior won’t be tolerated, but a man cursing at a 10-year old girl shouldn’t be tolerated as well. As adults we must set the example. If we can’t, we should seek professional parental help or counseling to make sure we are under control. If her father is on the scene, be mindful that he would not appreciate your cursing at his daughter. I suggested a family counseling session and perhaps some anger-management classes for you.

Kelly A. Hammond

I agree with this wholeheartedly.

[…] CLICK HEREfor more from the Opinionated Housewife Tagged […]