Please Help!! I am the StepMother of a 12 1/2 year old boy who has been diagnosed with Autism. That is NOT the problem. The Problem here is my husband, and how he "Handles" his son, or Lack there of!! I worked in the Mental Health System for 21 1/2 years so I KNOW what it is to deal with folks that have Mental Disabilities, however my husband treats me as though I know Nothing!! My stepson is VERY intelligent, and High-Functioning. He is getting older now, (getting ready to begin his Teen years!), and I am Very Concerned!! He is doing things like Stealing, Breaking holes in the wall and Lying! And what does his Father do??? NOTHING!!!! Ohhh, he feels Bad cause his son has these problems, or because he doesn't get to see him as often as he would like so he uses these Excuses to ALLOW the child to do these Bad Behaviors!! Or, Better yet, he tell ME to deal with it!! What a Freakin' Cop Out!!! Here I am..Only the StepMom, his Mother has all sorts of "Choice Words/Names" for me despite the fact that if she has ever needed someone to take care of him, pick him up from school, buy him clothes/shoes I jump in, but when I asked to be "Included" in his PPT or be Included in his care, because after all I will be in his life now, I got the "Hell No" because he is NOT my child...but Yet when it comes time to "Deal" with him I'm supposed to Step Up..Please., Please Help!!!! =( What do I do?? How can I help myself, my stepson and our lives?? I am DESPERATE!! This boy is Quickly becoming a Teenager, and I Fear they are Creating a Monster by Using the Childs "Problems" as an Excuse to ALLOW him to do wrong/Bad things!!! And please let me explain...Yes, this child Most Definitely KNOWS what he is doing!! When his Father asked him if he had made the holes in the wall? He replied: "No! and you know if I was lying Dad I'd be laughing, but since I'm not you know I'm telling the truth!!" He LIED perfectly to his Father and did so with a Straight face!!! Suggestions anyone??? HELP PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!View Thread
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