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I hate my stepdaughter!

KayleeAlaïa's picture

Hi! New here and with a brutal topic! 

I hate my 4 year old stepdaughter. 
I guess I should give a little background story. So my boyfriend and I have been dating for about 2 years and  throughout that time I have been spending time and getting to know his 4 yr old daughter. At first she was really nice and sweet and was very tolerable to be around as far as toddlers go. But recently she has been such a pain. Everytime I think about it her I just get overwhelmed and annoyed. 
 

She is the most whiny child I have ever met! All she does it cry about everything. She always talks back and doesn't do what she is told the first time she is told to do it. Now I don't have kids, but I would definitely be doing things different if she were my child. Anytime my boyfriend and I want to watch a movie she has to cry and whine about it because it's not something SHE wants to watch! We spend the whole day playing with her, entertaining her, and pretty much being a circus act for her and she still has the nerve to cry about us not putting on a movie for her because she "doesn't like it and it's her turn to pick". I have talked to my boyfriend about this and in the beginning he would say "well she's  4 what do you want me to do?" "She's just a child." I get it... children are going to be mischevious sometimes. But how long are you going to excuse a child for not knowing or doing better because "she's just 4" or because "she's just a child" YOU TEACH THEM TO DO BETTER! Anyways, my bf has gotten a little bit better by correcting her and telling her no. But she STILL whines! And sometimes he still gives in to her manipulative ways of crying or beginning to cry to get what she wants. 
 

I think my bf and my SD's mom are at fault. They both deal with the guilt of not being a family anymore so they buy her anything she asks for and give in to giving her anything she wants. They will do anything to make them feel better about not being together as parents for her. Her mom spoils her so much it's ridiculous. SHE IS SPOILED. Her mom has 3 other roommates so my SD always has someone to play with all the time. She gets upset when no one wants to play at the moment and cries about it. Also, if you tell her that she needs to go to bed she will cry about that as well. Or she'll cry and ask her dad if she can sleep in his bed. Then I have to go back to my apartment and sleep there for the night. I don't know about the sleeping on the bed thing, but I think enough is enough. My bf and I barely get time to be together and night time is our time to hang out. So when she asks him to sleep in his bed I instantly get pissed off. Because I have to go to my apartment and sleep there when that could have been time we could have been spending together. We spend the WHOLE DAY spending time with her and entertaining her so why does she have to sleep in his bed too? I HATE HER. I know that may be so strong to say about a child but I really do. I hate it. I hate having to cater mine and my boyfriends whole day and time to her and not being able to have just an hour out of the day of adult time by watching a movie or playing a game without her whining about it. 
 

Please help! 

futurobrillante99's picture

You should be mad at your boyfriend he is created this monster.

The way to fix it is to stop staying at his house when he has custody of his daughter.

nappisan's picture

stop seeing your BF when he has his daughter,, then daddy can entertain his little angel all day long with anything she wants to do.  It sounds like your quite young and arent really ready for dealing with someone else brat,, and you dont have too.  Dating someone with kids is really hard , especially if the kids are brats,, stay disengaged and let your BF do all the work with HIS daughter

Tried out's picture

Having worked with kids all my adult life I have to say that, while she is annoying, her behavior is normal for a child who is stressed out. At the very least, her sense of security is messed up by having two households and a somebody else in her father's life.

If you really feel so strongly about her, leave. You are doing neither her nor you a favor by hanging around.

Kes's picture

Your boyfriend and his ex are responsible for this child's behaviour problems.  They have not responded to her acting out (admittedly through her anxiety) in an appropriate firm, kind way, and have instead created an obnoxious little dictator.  This is not her fault, it is theirs.  If you want to hate someone, hate her parents.  

Lozza0211's picture

My stepdaughter is exactly like this other than she is now 18 years old! 
my husband thinks the sun shines out of her and her brother (17) 

I thought some of the holidays etc would calm down now they're older so we could go in our little family unit every so often. I have a 6 year old of my own, but apparently not. Apparently they are still coming... I get they are his kids but at the same time they're older. They're the biggest pains I have ever met in my life. I don't actually know how to cope right now, me and my husband can't talk about them without an arguement or me feeling like rubbish the rest of the day. 
I love my husband but don't know what to do other than going to a councillor as an escape and some way to vent! 

Excellence's picture

When she acts out and he gives her what she wants which is daddy to herself in bed with her and the girlfriend gone, then she will keep doing it. DH needs to act like the parent and stop bending to her. She's young enough for you guys to have a lot of influence over her behaviors.  One time, at grandmas house,  SD decided to throw a fit about not wanting me and DD included in on a picture and only wanting SS and DH so DH and I took DD and we got into the car and left. SD needs to see that dad won't bend to her behaviors. You can't leave a four year old but you certainly can tell her to go back to bed or she will lose a coveted item. My SD lost her father for the day. 

Mostthanklessjobever's picture

Been a stepmom for 15 years and I hate to tell you but this behavior only gets worse.  Wait until she's a teenager/young adult.  You really will dispise her!

 

Willow2010's picture

She is 4 years old and not a monster!  If you already HATE her this much as a 4 year old, imagine what it will be like when she is 5 or 10 or 15.  

This 4 year old does not need to be exposed to someone that hates her so much.  Do yourself and this child a favor and find a different boyfriend.   

Tried out's picture

She does sound like a BM, which in this case is a good thing. I cannot understand how any woman who has had children of their own could ever NOT have compassion for a four year old in distress. The responses to this post are sickening in their viscous attitude toward a preschooler. 

ChzyBob20's picture

Some kids are born wrong

Not all kids are tolerable

Some four year olds just suck.

 

GrabitAndGo's picture

C'mon Chzy.  This is an overindulged 4 year old, not a kid who was born a psychopath.  Children are TAUGHT how to behave and be reasonable - they aren't born that way.

Willow2010's picture

The responses to this post are sickening in their viscous attitude toward a preschooler. 

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Yep

Willow2010's picture

Spoken like a BM.

Good job!

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 Aww thanks.  lol.

I can't even take anything you say serious anymore.  

MissJulsie's picture

Sorry, but everyone is right. The situation isn't going to get better. Or at least it won't for a good 15 years it so.

Your story is an extremely common one. It's so common, it's like there's a formula for step-families :  1. The bio-parents spoil the hell out of the kid. 2. The kid is clinging, insecure, badly behaved and poorly disciplined.  3. There are no ground rules or boundaries in the home.  4. The bio-parent is defensive, and deflects all input, criticism and confrontation.

You remind of myself 10 years ago. When I first started going out with my then-boyfriend, now-husband,  I was writing these exact same things about my SS who was 6 at the time. (Including the co-sleeping issues). 

How did I get through it? How am I still in this relationship 10 years later?  By disappearing for 48 hours when my other half had his son, every other weekend (EOWE).    I have always lived with with my man full-time, but EOWE when SS came to stay, I went and stayed at my parents.  It worked just fine. 

At the time, some people were saying "Why should you have to leave your own home?!!!"   But you know what? I didn't see it that way.  I chose to see it as EOWE being all about "Me" time. I spent quality time with my parents, catch up time with friends, pamper treatments in beauty salons, quiet time for reading novels, going to the movies by myself and watching ANYTHING I wanted to watch. It was brilliant.  These days, SS doesn't come over anymore anyway. He's 16 and would rather stay at friends houses and party.  Besides, I'm grateful I had all that quality time with my parents, as my dad died recently.

Anyway. Remove yourself from the situation EOWE. The situation won't change for you. So you've got to work around it. 

Try it. Everytime your boyfriend has a daddy/daughter weekend, disappear, and have "Me" time. You'll love it. You'll discover that the world is your OYSTER !!!

Left out mama's picture

"She always talks back and doesn't do what she is told the first time she is told to do it."

Huh?! what 4 year old does what you ask the first time you ask!? hate to break it to you, but part of dealing wiht kids is having ot be a broken record. If she wa 14 I could see whrere you are comming from, but 4.... you are expecting way to much from her.

And to say you "Hate" her... what  did she ever do to you other than exist?! If you dont like her because you have to share your BF... get a BF who does not have kids.

 kids are like sponges, they may not be able to articulate things well, but trust me she know you dont like her and that is damaging her. You think shes annoying now, just wait. She knows you dont like her so as she gets older she will look for reasons to piss you off. 

Do the kid and yourself a favor and walk away. 

Rags's picture

Keep in mind that she is 4. When she is 8 and doing this same crap.... then you will have a problem.

To prevent that from happening, whining manipulative tears and tantrums get her immediately sent to her room.  If necessary firmly march her to her room, plant her their, close the door and get back to what you were doing.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

She will learn what behaviors deliver the results she is looking for and which behaviors deliver unpleasant consequences.

This isn't rocket science.  Keep it simple.

MissJulsie's picture

Very true Rags.

If you watch episodes of SuperNanny, she sometimes has to take kids back to the naughty step 50 times, before their kid learns.

Rags's picture

Yep.   I think the problem with kids like this are fragile parents who want to be their kid's buddy rather than a true parent.

megpennysil's picture

This is your boyfriends fault, not hers. He's a subpar parent. His daughter sounds high maintenance and spoiled. Again not her fault. Step kids are the worst but it's because of their parents!

shamds's picture

Because 4 year olds are at the age of being energetic, fighting and learning to be independent, to challenge yku at times, there are the usual tantrums, they’re distracted at times doing activities and do need to be stimulated.

you’re comments come across like this 4 yr old needs to be at a level of a 10yr old who should know better. A 4 yr old is still learning at still craves attention and affection from her parents (perfectly normal), this is a kindergarten aged child. Have you seen parents dropping their kids off at kindergarten? Because some cry and have seperation anxiety and this again is normal.

i don’t think this is the relationship for you having a man with a young child which you never wanted because you aren’t a mum and you never signed up to be a parent and thats ok. You don’t have the patience to handle, be around a young kid and that is ok but staying in this relationship isn’t for you because if you can’t tolerate her behaviour now, it’ll get worser when she gets older and to her teens and start rebelling and defying authority 

Excellence's picture

Not all four year olds are like what she described. SD always uses her age to justify her disgusting behavior. Good thing I have a DD who is one year behind her so I can always say, well DD was 11, she never acted like that.

holly5692's picture

I agree that the parents in this kid's life are the ones creating this mess. They're the real ones to be mad at.

But the behaviors you're describing are pretty typical of a four year old. A four year old can't realistically behave like a much older child, or understand adult concepts. I think you're expecting a bit much for her age. You don't really have a leg to stand on when you say this isn't how you would raise kids, because you really don't know until you do have kids of your own. I'm not throwing shade. I'm just saying, in any life situation--what you would do vs what actually happens when put in the same position are typically two different things.

All that said, I do think your feelings are valid. Maybe being with a man who has children just isn't the right thing for you. And that's ok. Not everyone is a "kid person." If this isn't something you think you can reasonably put up with for the long haul, it might be time to cut ties. Personally, I'd be more into a man with kids if he's at least good at parenting them, ya know?