Suky - posted on 10/13/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
We are getting desperate with our 10 year old daughter. As she gets older, she gets worse. The problem is that she doesn't seem to care about anything or anyone around her and has no idea about how to behave. She doesn't flush the loo, leaves blood and mess wherever it lands, leaves her toys , books, jewellery, money everything all over the place and has an attitude that makes my hair curl. Her personal hygiene is scary despite us setting her a constant example and making it a fun exercise and trying to stress to her that she will get a bad reputation if she smells. I have refused to tidy up after her trail of destruction now for about 2 years and instead I nag her to tidy up. If she wants to watch TV, I have to ensure she's tidied up first. This last week she's been under punishment because she lied to me and her father but instead of improving her attitude and behaviour, she's getting worse. My husband is not a patient man and I'm afraid that he's do something drastic to end this behaviour, like send her away to boarding school. If anyone has any advice, please help us. We've tried punishment, ignoring her behaviour, working along-side her, praise for any little thing and now we're looking for other ideas as nothing has worked so far. I'm really worried that things are going to get worse and that she'll end up hating us and visa versa.