About blended families. My stepchildren have horrible manners. It makes it difficult when they visit because they are a few years older and my children tend to copy their barbarous behavior. When my stepchildren have gone home to their mother and I try to correct the copycat behavior of my own brood, I need to do so without putting down my stepchildren or their mother.
It’s like I’m dealing with two cultures. How should this be handled? For instance, it makes good table manners hard to reinforce.
–EB, Cambridge, MA