Im Having trouble with my teen!

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      Two good books are Love and Logic (I think Faye is the author) and Dobson’s
      Strong Willed Child.
      Mostly you have to let her know you are still the boss. You can’t walk on
      eggshells because you are so afraid she will run away. When you do this you
      are letting her control you, the situation, and your whole family.

      That
      isn’t fair to you, the rest of your children or your spouse. You aren’t
      doing her any favors either. She has to know the world doesn’t revolve
      around her and that her temper tantrums (which is what running away is)
      won’t get her everything she wants.

      You have to make the consequences
      severe enough and that you “love her too much to let her hurt herself like
      this”. She may be involved with some really bad kids who are encouraging
      this kind of behavior. You may need to seek counseling to see what the
      underlying problem is, or is it just plain rebellion.

      I would talk to the
      counselor first with just you and your spouse. Then bring in your daughter
      later. The counselor will probably have some suggestions for you to try
      with her.

      Running away is not a normal teenage behavior, so don’t let her
      or anyone else tell you it is. Running away is dangerous and I know your
      daughter doesn’t understand all the dangers that are out there.

      I hope these suggestions help. Hang in there. She is worth the effort.

      Roxanne

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