Confession of a BM to a terrible teen
My husband is the step-dad to my 13 y/o daughter. She has been a good kid, and still is a pretty good kid for the most part, but is going through what we are calling the "terrible teens"
she will come downstairs for dinner, and be in a perfectly pleasant mood, and then the slightest comment, even things that she used to find funny, will set her off into sulking, or saying the forbidden "shut up"!
we've both given her some slack, with the mood swings, but certain things we just don't tolerate
"shut up" or any kind of disrespect is the #1 thing that is not tolerated in our home
not that she doesn't ever display disrepectful behavior, she does, and she gets punished for it (removal of privleges, grounding, etc)
My Husband has been really the calm one through this and we're hoping that the mood swings are attributed to the whole hormonal change thing that happens at 13...
Bless him, it's not HIS kid, but he's putting up with the crap pretty well and we're doing what we think is best to handle the situation as a team.