My sister-in-law has been living with us for 2.5 months. My husband and I have 3 kids- 2, 5, 6. She has two boys- 3 and 9.
I want the kids to have the same rules- dividing them into two groups- the 2 and 3 and the 5,6,and 9. So if the 9 yo plays 30 minutes of Wii, the other two get 30 minutes. Bedtime is at 8:30 - so it is up to my SIL to make sure the 9 yo finishes his homework by then. If it is 7:30 and all kids are bathed except the 9 yo, I don't think it is right to let him go outside and play and not the 5 and 6 yo.
She says that life is not fair and my kids need to figure this out. I think she is teaching the 9 yo that he is deserves preferential treatment.
How do I explain the difference between giving all children under one roof one set of rules and teaching children that in real life, bad things happen and success and good things are not a guarantee?? I think they are completely different.
Asked by Anonymous at 5:29 PM on Sep. 25, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)
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