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July 14th, 2008

Teenaged stepdaughters… a force to reckon with!1794959

We were invited to our friends’ house for Thanksgiving dinner. When we were getting ready to leave the house, my stepdaughter came out of her room wearing the WORST OUTFIT. It was edgy, ugly and provocative…everything I hated. I asked her to change her clothes into something more appropriate. She refused, saying, “I like this outfit, what’s the matter with it?” Angry words back and forth followed. It ended with her refusal to change her clothes; her final shot at me was, “You can’t control me!”

We ignored each other at the party, although I noticed that she was having fun with our friends and their kids. She was polite, talkative and quite charming. The next day my friend called to tell me how delightful my stepdaughter was. She couldn’t understand how I struggled with her the way I did. I told her, “YOU don’t have to raise her!”

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