REF. the bullying. When blending kids, I guess some say that you have to let kids work it out amongst themselves, but there are limits. I think that the kids will do exactly how much you allow. If it's not allowed, then it won't happen. If the parents had severe enough consequences for bullying the younger kids, it would stop. For example, if you lost cell phone and computer time, if you bullied, then I think they would stop it.
What is Christine so afraid of? She and Janelle are looking like the kids are ruling over them. I hope they can figure this out, before someone really gets hurt.