I have a friend that had three children when she re-married. Her husband then brought to the household his five year old son shortly after the marriage and she adopted this child as her own. They've been married 8 yrs. This man has always held a job while she stayed home an took care of her and the kids. He was a truck driver up until a couple years ago but was hurt on his job and couldn't drive trucks anymore. He now works and goes to school to be an electrician and she stays home. The children, two daughters and two sons, are 19, 18, 14, and 11. The 19 yr. old daughter was still at home up until last weekend when she and her step-father got into a heated argument. My friend says that she thinks her daughter was out of line. She said she' had come home from next door (her mother lives next door) and her daughter was in the kitchen. She went downstairs to the basement where her husband was and knew something was wrong and asked him about it. He said "Nothing." and the daughter then began to get disrespectful towards him. She said they "went to blows" was her words and he forcefully sat her down in a chair but she wouldn't settle down. She said she then tried to intervene and get her daughter to go next door for awhile but the daughter then broke out one of the windows. This made my friend mad and she told her daughter to get her stuff and get out. The daughter now feels like she took his side over her and the husband feels he should move out. I thought this was an interesting subject to post for step-parents or parents who are involved with someone other than their kid's biological parent and if stressing situations like this arise and can they be avoided in some way?