Well, I hope his mom doesn't really let him do what he wants to do. Lay down the rules to him and ask your husband to be there. Even better if hubby does it. Let him know while he is in your house, you will decide what he can and can't do. It may be different, but you will be consistent so he knows what your house is going to be like while he is there. Let him also no the consequences for his rule breaking (no t.v., computer, whatever). I would give him praise whenever you are thinking he is doing a good job. Do something special with him now and when you have had a good week so he knows you appreciate his effort and you enjoy spending time with a well behaved seven year old. Be kind and firm because he is still impressionable at this age. If Dad sabotages you, focus on that as your number one problem. I wouldn't be able to handle that for a moment and I would let him know it too.
at 11:31 AM on Jul. 7, 2008