Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Southern California
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Just want to say that regardless of the nature of your relationship, you have a right to speak up if anyone is speaking to you in a way that you find offense or disrespectful.
You can do it with love...like, "Hey, I want to be spoken to in a kind way. Your words feel unkind." or even "This doesn't feel okay. I do not like being spoken to that way. You can speak to me this way...."
Or something along those lines.
It doesn't need to be made into a discipline issue so much as a boundary issue...and that goes for anyone, including a 6 yr old. I have a 7 yr old boy who does this to my partner and we've encountered these issues. I think he feels threatened by our relationship...like, hey why is this guy getting my mom's attention too? Call it basic Oedipus complex or what you will..but that's what I think our issue is.
You do have a right to speak up in your own defense about the way you like to be treated and talked to. I would not let it slide.