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My stepmother is rude

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How to deal with rude stepmother that has her own kids

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Hi there, thank you for reaching out to Ask Alex. It’s very brave of you to contact us as we know it’s not always easy for young people to talk about things going on at home.
 
You are wondering about how you should deal with a rude stepmother. We want to remind you that you have the right to feel safe and respected in your home, and it is the role of parents and caregivers to provide that protection to young people. Also, we understand that blended families can be complicated, and there can be difficulties getting along with step-parents and step-siblings.
 
Have you considered discussing what is happening with a trusted adult in your life, perhaps your parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, teacher, or someone you feel comfortable talking to? You might feel better if you communicate the feelings you are experiencing to a trusted adult in your life.
 
We recommend that you share how you are feeling, and if it’s safe, take time to listen to the views and thoughts of others, take time to build trust and spend quality time together. This, along with other information and suggestions, is included in articles on the Childline website, which may also help you with the issues you are facing at the moment.
 
 
You do not have to go through this alone. If you feel that you cannot talk to somebody you know just yet, Childline is here for you, ready to listen and support. At Childline, we are focused on you and what is important to you. The services are free and available 24 hours a day. The team does not judge anything you say. You can contact us through our telephone service by calling 1800 66 66 66 or by Live Chat that you access through the website childline.ie.
 
We hope you found this information helpful, and please get in touch if you have any other questions.
 
Take care of yourself, and know that we are here for you anytime, for any reason,
 
Alex

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