I cannot even begin to tell you how thankful I am to have found this website!!! I just joined yesterday, but have found a place that helps me realize that I'm not alone. It seems that my biggest issues aren't only with my children, but also with the expectations of husband when it comes to the children. I think he expects them to be perfect and to just SEE things that need to be done and do them willingly and voluntarily. I know kids better than that ... it's not going to happen that way for most kids ... especially mine. husband and difficult child 2 (Chase) went toe to toe about 2 years ago and the police and CPS became involved. Ever since then, the mood in my house has changed and all 4 of my bio children have lost respect for husband. I feel like a referee instead of a mother and wife. husband and I can't agree on anything when it comes to punishments and discipline. I can't seem to get him to understand that they are children and a few them need to be handled with kid gloves at times. difficult child 1 (Miranda) is a typical teen with an attitude at times and a mouth to go along with it. Chase and Caya are the two that become explosive whenever husband opens his mouth and speaks to them. I am stuck in the middle and constantly battling husband to understand that they are kids and with the kids to help them gain back that respect. I don't know if there is a forum on here that discusses step-parenting and our difficult child children, but I need help and possibly some advice or guidance.