I have a 14 year old step-daughter that we use to be really close. All of a sudden I can do no right. I have tried talking to her but to no avail she is very rude. I think that she finally realized that her mother is not coming back and may be taking it out on me. I am a very strong person, have taken the girls to a camp for kids who have lost someone. I married their father and then he got deployed to Iraq for a year and everything was fine then he came home and everything changed. I have raised these girls from 4 and 9. Any suggestions as I am really scared for her taking the wrong road. I just want respet and appreciation. HELP!!! I feel like I'm at my whits end. I throw her a party and she never says thank you, I do things for her that mother would not and she only wants to be around me when she needs something. Sorry that I have went on, but I am at a real loss and love her dearly!Answer Question
Answer by Anonymous at 10:16 PM on Aug. 21, 2009
It sounds to me like she's being a normal teenager. I don't know if that helps or hurts your situation, sorry.
Don't let her be disrespectful to you. Make very clear rules and consequences and stick to them. Don't let the fact to she lost her mom young be an excuse for disrespectful behavior. There's a big difference in having compassion for her feelings about her mom and letting her walk all over you.
Answer by Cindy18 at 10:16 PM on Aug. 21, 2009
Don't listen to anom. That was rude and uncalled for!! You are in a very touchy spot. Good Luck, Momma. It will get better in a few years and she will appreciate all you have done for her.
Answer by Cindy18 at 10:18 PM on Aug. 21, 2009
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