My 12 year old daughter won't listen

Allison - posted on 12/13/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 12 year old daughter won't listen to me. If I ask her to clean her room she won't, if I ask her to do her chores she won't. She won't do anything but watch tv, I haven't punished her because I hate having to punish my kids. My husband was the one who did all the punishing but we divorced last year. I know it has been hard on the girls that's why i haven't been punishing them. I don't know what to do.

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Jodi - posted on 12/13/2014

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Good, God, woman, you don't want to be the "bad guy"? YOU ARE THE PARENT. You are allowing a 12 year old to walk all over you, and as long as you feel bad about how she feels about the divorce, she will take every inch of what you give her and manipulate you because of your "guilt". Step up and be a parent or believe me, you will have more than a 12 year old who won't listen on your hands - you will have a 15 year old train wreck.

Michelle - posted on 12/13/2014

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You've already been told what to do.Unplug the TV, turn off the internet until she does wht you have asked.
All you are doing by not punishing her is creating an ungrateful teen that thinks the world owes her. Do you seriously think that just because she is hurting from the divorce she doesn't get disciplined? Divorce is hard on everyone but it's no excuse to relax the normal rules of every household!

Allison - posted on 12/13/2014

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I know I should have punished her but I know they are already upset that we got divorced and I don't want to be the bad guy. I know I should be stronger but what punishment it suitable for what she has done.

Jodi - posted on 12/13/2014

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So you haven't "punished" her and yet you expect she will do as you ask? Why should she when she is getting away with it?

Carol - posted on 12/13/2014

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Take away tv, unplug the internet till room is cleaned. Its as easy as If you dont do A there will be no B. If she has a phone, turn it off, she will get the hint real soon

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