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Disagreement with partner about discipline

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hey, guys, to make a long story short:

My son is from my previous marriage. I have a wonderful relationship with a great guy now, is great for my ds, positive role model (education, work) who really invests time and energy and money into providing for my ds.

When tempers get short, though, my partner almost always reverts to threatening to spank and has, on a few occasions (less than 5), actually spanked him. (It would be a lie to say I have never done this, but I try really, really hard not to do it. I haven't done it in years.)

When everything is calm, and I explain my views and how I feel, my boyfriend understands and says he sees my point. But if ds starts acting up, when he starts yelling I try to diffuse the situation. But he's often still angry and will defend his actions at that time, usually by saying, "I was raised by very traditional Asians (he's Asian-American) and this is how we do it."

Whenever he says that, I usually blurt out, "Well, I was raised by European-Americans who liked to beat me and I still don't believe in it!"

I'm just afraid that I'm going to end up ending an otherwise great relationship because at times we can't agree on discipline. I don't know what to do. Has anyone else overcome this?

TIA.
post #2 of 8
Yes.
I pulled rank and told him that if he ever smacked my son again that I would leave him and report him to the police for child abuse- that it was not his place to decide how my children were disciplined and that by trying to over-rule me like this, it wasn't my child he was disrespecting but me myself. Saying that, though, it wasn't a bluff. I would have ended the relationship over such a big lack of respect.
post #3 of 8
Its not a matter of how he was raised or anything like that. It is a matter of him repsecting you as a mother. If you say no, he should respect that decision. It is not his child to discipline and he should leave that to you esp if you are around. If you want to spank you child than that is up to you, but this guy (though you are in a relationship with him) is no the child's parent or any relative for that matter. I am a stepmomma and I do not spank my dsd for that reason, everyone I have met agrees with me. Bottom line, if he is not respecting you as the mother of your child, he is no good for you. You said except for that one thing it is a great relationship. I know I may be stretching it here, but what if it was a scenario like: except for the couple times he hit me its a great relationship. Or: except for the fact he won't let me eat more than 1500 calories a day until I lose 5 lbs its a great relationship. There just shouldn't be these big exceptions. I think it is very wrong that he would use that form of disciplin on you child soley for the reason that it is your child and not his. You need to tell him to stop and if he doesn't, his temper is too bad and you need to leave.
post #4 of 8
Would he spank his own bio kids? And if so, will it be a dealbreaker for you should you decide to go further in the relationship. Also, I'm not sure that things should be getting heated to the point where the stepparent is stepping in and disciplining beyond what the bioparent feels is comfortable. I support my husband, but I am not the one actually handing out the punshiments (much less hitting the child). Everyone differs here, but I feel that stepparents handle the day to day little things like clean your room and the bioparent takes over when there is a serious issue.
post #5 of 8
My dh is also "Asian-American" raised by VERY traditional parents who never laid a finger on him; dh never received a spanking or anything like it in his life. That excuse is complete hogwash. :
Your boyfriend may have been abused by his parents and think this is how all Asians parents are--he needs to get in touch with reality. His beating(sometimes called spanking or other euphemism) of your child or any other, is abuse, plain and simple. A child will NEVER forget it. It destroys any chance at a loving relationship and will eventually destroy your own relationship with your son as well. You should be protecting your son from abuse.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your replies... We actually had another discussion re: this topic, and although it started well, he got defensive, etc.

I encouraged him to educate himself (and I'd be happy to supply the info), because at this point there is no future as far as us having children and the next time he so much as laid a finger on my son they would have to pick pieces of him (my bf) off the floor. (That's an exaggeration, but I did explain that it would be over.)

Thanks to all you who reinforced what I already know to be true. I have natural family living here, and I think my ds and I are going to run out and get a GD book for my bf to read as well.

I love him, and I hope it works out, but my ds is most important. Thanks!
post #7 of 8
My husband of almost 5 years has NEVER laid a hand on my daughter from a previous marriage. He does believe in spanking (was raised that way and doesn't see how it has effected his adulthood) and has (even though he trys so very hard not to) spanked our son once or twice - but NEVER has he laid a hand on my daughter.

I think that your decisions were right here. It would be a dealbreaker with me too and if he wasn't working so hard on learning other means of disipline with our son, that would be a dealbreaker for me too.
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by Sharon, RN View Post
Thanks for all your replies... We actually had another discussion re: this topic, and although it started well, he got defensive, etc.

I encouraged him to educate himself (and I'd be happy to supply the info), because at this point there is no future as far as us having children and the next time he so much as laid a finger on my son they would have to pick pieces of him (my bf) off the floor. (That's an exaggeration, but I did explain that it would be over.)

Thanks to all you who reinforced what I already know to be true. I have natural family living here, and I think my ds and I are going to run out and get a GD book for my bf to read as well.

I love him, and I hope it works out, but my ds is most important. Thanks!
I am so happy you stood your ground! That takes a lot of courage. I really hope it works out for you guys. Just do what you said about helping him to educate himself and keep standing your ground and everything should be fine.
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