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Followingthe1 A Stepmom
I feel like the Wicked Stepmother

My eleven year old stepson is going through puberty and I am not handling it well. As a matter of fact, I feel at times I am being mean to him!

As my stepson goes through puberty, he is becoming surly and in a bad mood most of the time.
I have been his custodial mother for the past seven years, and we have had a pretty good relationship, but lately I feel as if I can't stop criticizing him!
I pray every morning about this, but by the time the afternoon is here, we're both mad at one another! I am the adult here, but I cannot seem to control the mean things that come out of my mouth. Pray with me that I will be more compassionate, patient, and loving towards him.
He has a weight problem, so I think that makes puberty even worse for him. And I can't seem to stop criticizing what he wears, eats, how he talks, whether he forgets to say "yes, ma'am" or whatever. I know that if I don't stop, I will ruin our relationship, and I really wanted to "be there" for him during his teen years.

followingthe1 -1/9/2002
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1/15/2002 03:02

Dear Lord, Please guide folowingthe1 and plant within her sould the seed of patience and understanding and in her eyes the ability to see your son standing there in the image of her son..and help her to feel the needs of this child of her approval..for you have truly approved of this child being born so he must be worthy of approval of his stepmother. He needs her so much now Lord to be a representative...a mentor and an example of the feminine race so that he will know what to look for in a future girlfriend and a wife; so that he will someday hug his stepmother and thank her for her praise, her approval and her encourage-ment in his life and in his heart. Guide her to cont to 10 slowly and repeat your name silently until she heself has the stregnth to know what to say and do in the name of your eternal Love of her and this child of yours placed in her care. Let her not continue her negative behaviour as I know she is asking you for guidance. Answer her prayer oh Lord, I join in asking you. Thank You Lord for your endless Blessings and Wisdom. CarolASH&@aol,com

3/16/2002 02:09

Dear lord i pray you take follingthe1 under your wing and teach her to be open honest and loving to her step son teach her to listen with and open mind as well her heart, teach her to be less critical of her step son and how he dress's or his weight. show her that beauty comes within a persons heart not by how they look. your friend and also a step mother Joboa

10/29/2002 22:26

I ask for your guiding hand in this relationship. When my daughter was 11, all "hell" broke loose in our family. By evening, I would be exhausted and I was spiritually and emotionally exhausted by the task of parenting my beautiful child with oppositional defiant disorder while her father encouraged her problems and did nothing to be any part of the solution. There were evenings I couldn't handle any more and I yelled. I know what that is like. Lord, I suspect there is more going on here that impacts this relationships that is not written. I pray for your healing in this whole situation, which includes, but is not limited to, this relationship between this stepmother and stepson. I also pray for healing in my relationship with my daughter who follows her father in ways that are without ethics or values. I pray for my daughter's salvation, and the salvation of this 11 year old boy. In Jesus' name, Amen

5/30/2004 20:49

I hear your pain and struggle and have been there too. Where is his father in all this? He has to be the father and discipline his son. As for you I can only say keep handing it over to God, and keep loving. When you are most frustrated, he probably is too and that is exactly when he most needs love. You aren't expected to be it all and do it all for him ... only what you can. Try less, pray more.
and yes I will pray with you.
Parent of us all, hear this woman's anguish and answer her. Give her wisdom to know what is her's to do and what is beyond her to do. Mostly grant her your peace from which she will make the right decisions. Hold her and her stepson in your loving care, in Jesus name. Amen


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