Jennifer - posted on 08/29/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
I am a single mom who works nights as a bartender and have a 14 year old girl. After asking many other moms of teenagers how to deal with teenagers, I have come to realize there's not magical trick to it. However, this is my advice. Do what works for YOU. We're the ones working, paying the bills, providing for the home and making sure they're taken care of. Believe it or not, your happiness is important to having a happy home. So this is what I do, when she gives me attitude, especially when I punish her, I act like it doesn't bother me. Sometimes I even laugh, it helps me to not get angry. Hey they don't care how they're talking to you so why should we care how we make them feel when they're being mean to us? Just do what you can to not get angry, we don't need the added stress. Also I stick to my guns and take things away from her like her laptop, cell phone, DS, etc. Also, repeat yourself, when you say no, no is no. Than go n clean or do something else. Don't let them take your life or self away from you.