Teenage Attitude Problems

This last week my twelve year old daughter had an attitude problem a number of times in one day. This is very unusual for her and definitely had me analyzing her and the day. She earned negative consequences many times and we had talks about the situations and practiced how she could have handled them better. I really focused on seeking to understand. At one point, after she was calmed down I initiated a conversation to discuss her possible need for more sleep. During this conversation she said, “I just feel like no one really understands. I bet you have never felt like this.”

I was so glad she shared this feeling with me. These kinds of feelings are <--break->so natural and should be discussed. She was obviously disconnected from me since she kept having the same problem multiple times in a day. I had just forgotten to really look deeply into the messages she was sending me.

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