how can I help my single mom sister deal with her 11 year old daughter's tantrums?

Karen - posted on 01/07/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )




She is such a sweet girl most of the time and is so loving and motherly to my 15 month old son but is so disrespectfull to my sister and my parents and sometimes her younger 2 siblings. Her tantrums are so severe.....she threw 2 glasses at my sister the other day, shattering them on the floor and glass lodged intomy sisters leg. She screamed for about an hour. Then in the morning was tired and seemed to have no recollection of it happening. My sisters ex is bi polar but we cant assume my neice is too. My sis is afraid of going to the doctor because she doesnt want to load her with pills. What can she do to help her daughter cope?


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Jennifer - posted on 07/07/2014




I completely understand not wanting her on medication. But bipolar is a very serious mental health condition. And it is hugely concerning that she doesn't remember the episodes at all. She should at least be checked out by a trustworthy physician. If there is something wrong with her, you don't want to leave it untreated. You can also look up natural methods and diets to see if that can change her behaviors. There are a lot of chemicals in our foods that shouldn't be there. If you're afraid of medicine you might want to be concerned with what she is consuming.

Chet - posted on 01/07/2014




On the off chance that this girl is bi-polar she really needs to be diagnosed and followed by a doctor. Avoiding medical attention won't help.
That said, it's more likely that your niece is just going through a difficult phase as she grows up. The early part of puberty can be a very emotional and challenging period.
I would say that the best thing you can do is to maintain a strong bond with your niece so she knows that she has you to talk to and as a support. As kids mature it can be especially beneficial to have strong healthy relationship with adults who are not your parents.
Similarly, be there for your sister - if she needs someone to talk to, to help with her kids, etc. It's normal for life to have it's ups and downs, and it really helps people to know that they aren't alone as they go through them.

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