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So various things happen that really annoy me with him. I'm trying to figure out if it's just a matter of me not being used to living with a child, or a lack of discipline from his mother.

Every night his mom tells him to take a shower, and he usually doesn't do it, doesn't do it, until she finally yells at him and then he finally takes a shower. This is so annoying to me. Is this just a matter of him being 12, or is this because my girlfriend's discipline has always been bad (this I think is true), so he has little respect for her requests of him.

His room is a constant pig sty, and it often spills out into the hallway. For the past week there have been a few candy wrappers laying in the hallway. I refuse to pick them up on principal.

We constantly tell him to put his dirty dishes in the dishwasher, but he usually leaves them on the counter, or in the sink (I hate that).

Last night he took the last piece of cake (which is fine), but left the paper plate and saran wrap laying on the counter.

I'm kind of picky about other people leaving messes in my space, so I know it is something I have to get used to. But how do I address them - what is worth addressing - how much of it is just the fact of living with a pre-teen?

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