Any advice appreciated
My daughter is now 12 and for the last couple of years she seems think that she can do what she wants when she wants and how she wants. I have tried all different kinds of discipline from grounding to no phone or xbox no pocket money and nothing seems to work she does not care at all. She has no respect for me or herself wants to be out with her so called friends(known trouble makers) she seems to think they are her best friend yet the one bullied her for 18 months and threatened her with violence. To be honest I'm at my witts end now and am finding I have no where to turn. So any advice no matter how small would be appreciated. TIA
Hi, I understand that this is a difficult and troubling situation. In discipline, consistency is key, but as she's approaching her teenage years rebellion and a change in behaviour is expected. This could all be a phase, but stick in there and be consistent with her. Have you spoken to her about where this is coming from? Perhaps trying to understand where she's coming from could give you a way to explain to her why this behaviour is unacceptable. 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.