I was wondering, what are the opinions when a teenage child says 'I hate you'?

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Jodi - posted on 03/28/2013

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Actually, kids say I hate you but they don't really mean it. As a parent, if my kids say that I just confirm with them that I love them very much. They generally apologise once they have taken some time out.

The only answer to this is that the child is just letting off steam so don't take it personally. Kids lack the same self-control most adults have. You're right, you can't control how they feel. But you can teach them appropriate ways to express themselves and provide them the guidance they need to grow into functioning and respectful adults.

I don't really get the analogy to a friend - you role as a friend is different to your role as a parent so they aren't really comparable in this situation.

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