Help!! My 14 year old daughter will not listen!

Tierra - posted on 05/16/2017 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I don't know what to do anymore. My daughter is 14 years old and she does not listen. She never really has but it wasn't as bad as it is now that she's getting older. I feel like I talk and talk and talk but she does what she wants and doesn't respect anything that I say to her. I've exhausted all avenues of disciplining her. I don't know what to do anymore. Any suggestions??

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Janet - posted on 06/30/2017

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In my experience, once they feel they can disrespect you, they will continue to challenge your authority as a parent. I've found that social media and most of the content in movies and television turns the natural biological growth into adulthood, into a rebellious, disrespectful, self-entitled monster. It's natural as kids grow into young adults, start to desire more autonomy, and a few eye rolls at picking up after themselves or homework is not the worst thing. However, there is a epidemic of youth disrespecting authority and their parents in much higher percentages. Cell phones and social media are highly addictive, their brains are not fully develpoed yet and they are getting dopamine hits from their cell phones, the media is full of everything we try to keep our kids out of. Parenting is harder now. I have found that I've had to set huge boundaries and take everything away from my daughter, she has not had her iphone and computer for over a month, since I am a single parent mom, with a 25 year old daughter, she is punishing me by demanding and staying at her sisters, won't go to her dad's either. The only thing keeping her out of trouble is being on the volleyball team. She has no respect for her dad, grandmother or me right now. I had to quickly get over my co-dependence and enforce rules. Truth is.. these kids are so technologically advanced and growing up too fast, we have to slow it down, even if we aren't the cool parents. It's truly walking a thin line between teaching empathy and enforcing rules until they are 18. Best wishes to you

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