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A mother seeks advice: My daughter is 16-years-old and MR. She tells my other half and me to go F- ourselves and argues about everything. She asks for help with homework, when you try to help her, she gets so mouthy. I can't believe what I'm hearing! When told to quit or shut up then she says we are pissing her off and she is going to hurt us. She punches the furniture, cupboards and walls. She has hit and kicked me and threatened to hurt herself. She just goes nuts when you try to correct her. The other half took her CD player and phone once for punishment and she called 911 on us. If she doesn't want to do her chores she tells us to go F- off. Then, if you keep after her to do them, she really gets nutty. I never been so disrespected in all my life and I would never thought of treating my parents or anyone like she treats us. We need help or some suggestions on where to get help to get her under control, she is destroying our family.
Denise's thoughts: I am so sorry you are facing these issues with your teen daughter. From what you have said, it does seem like there is something wrong - uncontrolled anger and rage - that you will need some professional help to handle. I recommend that you talk to her doctor, specifically asking for a mental health professional recommendation and places that work with MHMR kids and teens.
I have worked with MR teens and I know that many become fearful and angry because of all of the changes they are going through at this age. Add in hormones and mood swings and really the teen years can be a nightmare for them and their families. Know that you will need all of the patience you can muster and the ability to be flexible when your teen starts to see a professional.
You may also want to look into parenting classes with your community MHMR organization. They can help you develop routines that will make day-to-day living easier. They can also let you know about the resources they have for MHMR citizens in your area, for when she is older.
Asking our community of parents of teens: Have you experienced uncontrolled anger with your teen? Do you have a teen that uses MHMR resources in your community? Please share your thoughts, experiences and advice in the comments area.
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