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6 year old grandson

I have a  6 year old grandson - spends 50% of time with dad and stepmom and new brother, spends the other 50% with mom, stepdad and new sister.  He is fine with me and his grandpa - but when he is with his parents he refuses to eat, has outbursts and wont listen -says he hates his step mom.  not sure how he is at his mom's but I hear there are some issues there as well.  We focus on the good he does at our house - he knows what is expected of him - to clean up after he plays, no disrespect and to eat.  He is very loving with us.  the other day he had an outburst and ran and hid while at our house because his step mom corrected him - I tried to calm him down and all he would say is no she hates me.  Now the parents are not talking to me because I was able to calm him down and told him he could go play after apologizing - no more outbursts the rest of the day but dad and step mom said I had no right to interfere - mind  you it was his birthday party and they said if he continued the outburst they would end his party and he wouldn't get any presents.  
Any suggestions?
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13167 tn?1327194124
I think your husband needs to have a serious talk with your son about his responsibilities as a parent.  It's very likely his stepmother IS treating him badly,  and making him feel unwanted,  and your son is willing to go along with it because she's giving him sex and now they have a new child together.  

Your son needs to step up and stick up for his son.  I would be so sad to be in your position,  and be so disappointed in my son for not putting his child above his own needs.
189897 tn?1441126518
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Yep, definitely some parenting issues.  Perhaps order the book, "SOS Help for Parents," by Lynn Clark.  It gives a good consistent system using timeouts.  Give the book to them and tell them to give it a try.
  
973741 tn?1342342773
Ah, this makes me sad to read.  Here is what I fear . . .  you are in the right, you love this child and he seems to respond to you, I absolutely agree with rockrose that the stepmom may not be so stellar and dad may be not either BUT . . .  if you are vocal, they may cut you out altogether.  That would be terrible for this boy!  He needs you.  These split families like this with young children can be so difficult on the kids.  That inconsistency between households is so hard.  Not eating could be as simple as things looking and tasting a bit different when step mom makes it!  I have kids.  They think I make the BEST turkey sandwich . . .  um.  Bread, turkey.  Done.  But when they go to someone else's house and have a turkey sandwich, they tell me it doesn't taste right.  Who knows why . . . if it is the bread they have verses ours, the turkey or just loving being home with me.  But this is how kid's minds work.  Going between different houses causes this and with totally un- empathetic new step mom with a new baby who maybe views the boy as a pain?  Ugh.  She doesn't care about his feelings . . . just wants him to eat the dang sandwich.  

You do what you can to stay in his life.  I agree that a heart to heart would be fantastic for your husband to have with your son but be careful.  You do not want new wife to decide that you and husband should not be around anymore.  

Keep us up to date with what's going on!  hugs (this has to hurt)
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