Teenage daughter misbehaving

Dee - posted on 02/03/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




I have a 17 year old daughter. She was very good till she turned 13 when she started talking back and defying every adult in the family. She is the younger of our 2 children. Now things are so bad, she calls us all kinds of bad names, screams, shouts when we talk to her about anything. She wants to stay out all night and not go to school. And ofcourse, we want her to go to school and do her homework and be involved in decent activities. I don't think she is doing drugs but she has confessed to trying alcohol and cigarettes. I am seeing a psychiatrist to help her with her anger issues. I don't know what to do. I don't want to be her door mat. I want to be strong and tough, but it scares me to death when she is out of the house at night. I worry. The psychiatrist tells me that this is not the time to question her. And that I should focus on getting her trust first. But my worries and my concerns get the better of me. I don't know what to do or how to help her. I am worried she is ruining her life. Her father has already given up on her. Help me please.


Amanda - posted on 02/03/2012





I am sorry you are going through this. This must be painful for your family.

While I don't know if I have an answer for you, I have to admit that I am concerned about your psychiatrist's response to you. S/he told you to try to get a 17 year old's trust instead of trying to stop her? Were you given tools to do this quickly? Were you given ideas on how to keep her in the house FOR HER OWN SAFETY? Is she getting into trouble or anything that calling the police might help? (I realize this is drastic, but it sounds like you might need something drastic.)

My best to you!

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