Ask Sis Dolly: His Kids don't respect me

By Drum Digital
05 July 2016

I’m a 32-year-old woman married to a 49-year-old man.

I’m a 32-year-old woman married to a 49-year-old man.

His children disrespect me and he doesn’t do anything about it.

The last time I had a big fight with his son he just forced him to say sorry.

When my child does something, he always shouts at him but when his children do something, he lets it slide.

I’m hurt by his actions.

Please help.

Sis Dolly replies

Step-parenting is never easy.

You and your partner should have set rules for your blended family before getting married and your children should’ve been present. However it’s not too late.

You can go for family counselling, where these kinds of issues can be discussed in a neutral environment when you are feeling calm and not emotional.

Organisations such as Famsa (call 011-975-7106) and Focus on the Family Africa (call 031- 716-3300) can help you work with your partner to build your family.

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