Hey. I'm fairly new on here but my girlfriend suggested this site. So..here I am. Our 14 year old is respectful to everyone from her peers, to teachers, to total strangers. However, when she comes home she is absolutely disrespectful to her brother and sister and father and I. She was diagnosed with JRA a year ago next month and has been on chemotherapy since then. However, this attitude was going on LONG before she started chemo. I don't know what to do anymore. Everyone around here walks on eggshells because we don't know what mood she is going to be in from one minute to the next. And when her father and I try to talk to her we get the 'wall' that is put up and don't come down until she decides to pull it down. Any suggestions?

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Hmmmm..... That makes it difficult. I wish I had some other suggestions for you but apart from keeping an eye on her relationship with her friends I have no other ideas. Maybe if you just offer a bit of mindless chatter when you are together without any pressure for her to contribute might be something just to help her relax enough to eventually join in. This might be enough to open up the lines of communication and help her feel comfortable enough to talk to you about the important things. Good luck. :-)

Regina - posted on 10/22/2012

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we have had her to several and all of them say that she just is a very private person. I'm worried that this 'privacy' will get her hurt or in trouble one of these days. She is a straight 'A' student and is very well liked by all

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A counsellor or child psyche could help. There are probably so many things going on inher mind right now that the average parent or authority figure wouldn't really know where to start. Your school or your family Doctor could point you in the right direction.

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