StepParents and disipline
Do SMs have the right to disipline? I was helping my SD with homework when she started giving me attitude. I lightly slapped her on the arm to get her attention and then told her to watch the attitude. She finished her homework without futher incident.
She then went to BMs house and told her mom that I hit her. BM went nuts and filed court papers seeking a modification to the parenting plan that says I'm not allowed to be with the SD alone anymore! That if BF works late or something, BM gets to watch her until BF gets home.
I don't even consider what I did as "disipline" or "spanking" or anything close. I've never "hit" SD to disipline or for any other reason.
So do Step Parents have a right to disipline? Either verbally or physically? It's not illegal for parents to spank, but can step parents?
We spoke to our lawyer and she said that BM doesn't have much of a case since this was an isolated incident and in no means "child abuse".
What do you guys think?