Hi. I am Maria. Just introducing myself. I have been with my husband for 8 years, known his kids for about 7. The boys, ages 14 and 16, have just moved in with us. There were problems at school and possibly at home, and we are delighted they are living with us. I hope we made the right decision in allowing them to come... many articles out there discouraging letting kids change where they live. The older child initiated this, and had wanted to move for months. It was not a spur of the moment decision, and we think he is mature enough and has good reasons to want to move. The younger boy has not said a whole lot, but seems happy and content. I am brand new to being a full-time parent, and I just want to help these boys become the best men they can. Their grades are not so great, but we are hoping the change in environment and reinforcements will help with that. We are pretty strict disciplinary-wise, but also allow freedoms and mutual respect is important in our home. We require chores of them, and they comply without complaining... SO far SO good! but I am sure I will need your help in this transition. Thanks in advance.