Should a Step Parent be allowed to discipline a stepchild?

United States
May 27, 2009 4:11pm CST
I'm kinda on the fence on this one and would really like to get your opinions.
5 responses
• United States
27 May 09
I think that if they are care taker then yes because if the other parent wants them to watch them and do things alone with them then they should have the ability to do something when the child misbehaves lets say the stepmother takes the child out and the hit someone or throws a tantrum what are they suppose to do just watch because the biological parent isnt there I think when you become involved with someone and you have a child then that child becomes yours to
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
27 May 09
My husband does the majority of the discipline in our house, and that includes disciplining my oldest son who is his step son. When my son gets in trouble at school, the teacher calls my husband at work instead of calling here. My husband requested it this way. When my son is being punished I step back and let my husband do what he feels is best. He's never stepped over the line and treats my son the same as he treats our other 4 children. No one would ever know he's not his child as well.
@meandmy3 (2229)
• United States
27 May 09
I say yes, I think that the step parents and parents of the child need to have a heart to heart once a year, regarding house rules, discipline measures that should be taken etc. If the step parent is not allowed to discipline then he will not have the respect of the children. I had a step father he disciplined us, granted he raised us and my father had passed away. My brother has raised his step children, their father is a lame excuse for a dad, my brother has had to discipline the two children, if he did not no one would have.
• United States
27 May 09
While I am now an adult I am still on step mom number 3. We did not respect our "other moms" until they were given permision to discipline. I think that if you are going to remarry then what is the point unless you are going to be a true partnership. This means that there is full trust in the other's ability to discipline your children. You should talk about it before you get married. It is just like mom and dad sharing the responsibility to discipline. The kid will actually be better off if the step parent has the athority to discipline even if it is never used. That being said, the step parent should know how the parents feel about discipline so that everything is consistant.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
27 May 09
I totally believe that a step parent does not have the right to discipline the stepchild. It will just put up a wall between the step Parent and the child and it will bring nothing but hardship for years to come. The disciplining should be left up to the parent and only the parent. This is my opinion.