How to deal with 14 year old attitude

Rebecca - posted on 04/20/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter's father has abandoned her and she is acting out with
an attitude at home and in school.
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Rebecca - posted on 04/21/2012

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Thank you for your reply.

Yes. There have been a couple of issues at school and the principal told me she had an attitude with her.
I have arranged a conference between a teacher, the principal on monday.

My daughter told me she had a meltdown at school and went to the counselor.

I picked her up after school and she apologized to me and we kissed and made up!

Happy endings but I'm afraid this is only the beginning of a few years ahead!

Thanks for all your support!

Rebecca - posted on 04/21/2012

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Thank you. I've had her through counseling when we divorced.
Her Father and her had a great relationship we he got sober.
They have an issue regarding the cell phone he got her since last summer
and he can't seem to be the bigger person and father up to make amends
so until then we've got to be patient. I think he will come around..

Louise - posted on 04/20/2012

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I think this is a mixture of teenage hormones and her father leaving. Most children go through this dreadful dark period where they are really moody and unplesant. This lasts for about two years I am afraid. I have been through it twice. Just make sure she has plenty of your attention to discuss things with you alone and guide her as best you can. Like Katherine said she may feel more comfortable talking to a councilor. Don't blame all this on dad leaving because it is not.

If your really worried then talk to the school to see if she is behaving any differently than any other 14 year old.

Katherine - posted on 04/20/2012

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I don't have a 14 year old YET. But I imagine she may need some kind of grief counseling to get through this.

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