Rob - posted on 03/15/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )
Hello everyone. I know this is community blog is for moms, but after finding it...I joined it anyway because I so appreciated reading the accounts of some of you who are struggling with your teenage daughter. I am a single, divorced dad. My youngest daughter has lived with me the past 2 years. Previously she lived with her mom for 7 years after my ex-wife and my divorce. When she wanted to come live with me I was overjoyed. I happily took her in my home. But since she moved in, it has been nothing but battle after battle. I found out afterwards that she wanted to come live with me because she couldn't handle my ex-wife's rules and their strict atmosphere. When she first moved in, I gave her a fair amount of freedom and she abused it by partying, drinking, sleeping with her boyfriend etc., all behind my back. I am ridden with guilt for having been so naive'. When I found out, I cracked down and became much stricter, also holding her accountable for her behavior, which she hates. I have heard, "I hate you...I've always hated you"; "You're the worst parent in the world" and that she's moving out when she's 18 (she will still be a senior in high school when she's 18). She defies me, she yells at me, she is passive-aggressive, and I can't trust her one bit. Last night, she ran away to her friend's home but I didn't have a clue where she was, so I called the sheriff's department and they went out looking for her and found her and brought her back in the police car, when she was embarrassed by. I could use some perspective from a mom's point of view. Thanks for letting me talk!