My boyfriend and I have been together for 8 years (since beginning of HS).
We live together. Everyone knows we're getting married eventually, it's just a matter of time and financial stability (we're almost there lol)
Anyway, my boyfriend was kind of an oops baby. He has two older sisters. The sister closest to his age is 9 years older than him. And the oldest is 12 years older.
His eldest sister and her husband have a 7 year old daughter.
His sister and brother in law have been going through some stuff with his side of the family. No fear of divorce or anything, but they just thought it'd be best if their daughter wasn't there for a few days so they could work out some stuff with his family... something about a brother-in-law or cousin and legal stuff and money or whatever, I tried not to get too many details.
Anyway... my boyfriend and I offered to take his niece for the next 3-10 days depending on how long they need us to.
We have no children of our own and have an extra bedroom that she's slept in before. She's visited us in the past.
So to today... my boyfriend was at work and today is my day off so I am staying home with her. Right now she's watching a movie.
But she has like no respect for me. Which is weird because she thought I was just the greatest thing on the planet in the past. I've been here since she was born. I was at the hospital when she was born, all the birthdays, Christmas parties, etc.
Maybe it's her age now, but she's developed this idea that since I'm neither her mother nor her "actual" family, she doesn't need to listen to me.
Now, obviously she does need to listen to me lol and I'm not about to stoop to the level of a 7 year old, but I don't have a kid of my own (none planned for a while lmao) and it's been a couple years since I've been around young kids for any extended period of time...
She tells my boyfriend that since he's not her dad she doesn't need to listen, but he wins out on the whole uncle thing. Me, not so much.
But I am in charge and I don't want to be mean about it but I am the authority figure at this point. I have no issue with being that mean person but I'd like to avoid it because at 7 she is old enough to remember this weekend and I want her to like me... but I also want her to respect me, you know?
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Your house your rules, that's what authority you have.0