Thirteen and driving me crazy!!!!!

Kyii - posted on 06/16/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is turning thirteen and is a great kid and honor role student but her and I are like fire and gasoline. She is always angry, i can not do anything right, she is really rude, mean, hateful and is disrespectful. I am at the end of my rope as she is driving me nuts!!!

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Kimberly - posted on 06/17/2012

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I have a thirteen year old, also. She can be rude sometimes, too. I find it shocking because she has always been so great. The only suggestion I have is to demand respect. In fact, that's one of our house rules. She can tell me she's angry...but respectfully. If not, she gets consequences. Have you tried reading any of the teen books that are available?

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Kristi - posted on 06/18/2012

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My daughter is turning 13 9/1. Just recently started giving me attitude. Like your daughter, she gets good grades, is active in sports, has lots of friends, etc. But now she talks to me like I'm stupid. She takes everything I say and turns it around to fit her ideas or she uses it literally. I told her she had to clean the bathroom today before she left on trip with my parents. I said be sure to get the mouthwash crude off the sink. I said there is also a big ring around the tub from your bubble baths. She has had to clean the bathroom before so she knows what needs to be done. So later on when I went in there, nothing was done. I called her in there and asked her why she didn't do it. You said all I had to do was clean the mouthwash stuff up. I was so mad. Anyways I explained why I was angry, what she had to do and that it would be waiting for her when she got back. (I use a diff bathroom) I also told her she couldn't use her ipod for a week for her behavior. She said ok. the attutude was gone and she gave me a big hug and said she loved me and would miss me while she was gone. When she is mouthy I warn her once, if she keeps it up, I tell her to have a seat and when she figures out what she did wrong and can accept responsibilty for it and sincerely apologize she can come and find me. If we both get angry I tell her that we both need to cool off, let's meet in the living room in 10-15 minutes so we can talk it out. So far, this has worked for us. Once in awhile I pull rank and in a strong, strict tone of voice tell her You will NOT speak to me that way and then make her turn something over. That is usually reserved public displays of disrespect. Good luck!

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