HLMum
I have reached breaking point with my 12 year old daughter. Her attitude towards me is awful. She tells me she hates me, she criticises everything I do, she says she wishes I would leave. She has started eating really unhealthily - loads of sweets etc. And she even took a box of sweets that my husband got as a present and ate all of them - we found the wrappers in her room. She is impossible to talk to. I have reached the point where I try to avoid her just to prevent another conflict. She shows no respect. I'm sure she's really unhappy too and I'd love to sort it out but I actually think it's gone too far now. Most days I feel like leaving!
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Tiscali.co.uk
Hi   m going through the same its horrible, you feel like you cant cope but you can, I have learnt to pick my battles if its not really serious eg wearting the wrong coat I also try to remember how I felt,its hormones as well kicking in I have also learnt to give them space eg if they are shouting dont shout over them. wait until they calm down then try to sort it out. Not sure if this helps but I hope so its really hard isnt it.
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familylives
Hi, I understand that this is a difficult situation. However, this sounds like textbook teenage puberty behaviour. A lot is changing for her and her emotions will be all over the place. It's your job to navigate this situation, be firm but understanding. You may find it helpful to read our articles on teenage behaviour. If you feel you need further support please e-mail us at askus@familylives.org.uk or call our freephone helpline on 0808 800 2222.
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