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Dealing with kids can be difficult when parenting styles differ

We are a struggling blended family. My husband has three children (ages 7, 12, 17) from a previous marriage. Their mother's home is focused on the easiest way of parenting. She allows unlimited electronics, showers the kids with presents, and does not discipline effectively at all. It's obvious she wants to be the kids' friend. We are the opposite on all counts. The problem is that the kids oppose us every step of the way and only come over to see us because they have to. When the kids are with us, we deal with extreme behavior problems, entitlement, and disrespect. My husband and I are on the same page, but we are reluctant to implement and enforce disciplinary structure because nothing we do is supported by the mother. We want to do what is best and what will hopefully be accepted by the children (even if only in the long run). Is it possible for this to work when the parent with primary custody is not likely to ever see the light and cooperate with us?

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I don't want to

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Dance of the Sacred Bird (a Zuni tale)

Once upon a time there lived a young Zuni girl named Liseli. She was one of the most beautiful girls in all of New Mexico, but she was terribly poor and all alone in this world. No one paid attention to her or recognized her inner or outward beauty. She was always dressed in tattered clothes, her face streaked with sweat and dirt as she worked day and night herding turkeys.

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Couple's difference in age causes girl's family to worry

DEAR ABBY: I'm 17 and dating this older guy. Everyone is afraid that one day I'll just disappear, but he isn't like that. I know him from when I was younger, and my dad and his dad were really close. People just don't trust me, even though I have told them nothing but the full truth from the start. I'm happy. What should I do? -- MISUNDERSTOOD IN MASSACHUSETTS

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