I agree that forming a relationship with your children is key. They might have other problems but you can always have some friendshipping moments. Many times you can bond over food - make their favorites, put a hand on their shoulder as you pass them, talk to them in the dark after they go to bed (say I love you), etc. Love the advice about personal relationships.
Aye, just like all 6 of mine during the 21 years we had teenagers in the house. They've even grown up to be people I like, and they get along with one another, are generous and supportive adults who are good parents themselves. If they're keeping you at your wits' end, it's probably because it's part of their job, finding out where your wits end. Hang in there!
To me, they sound like teenagers...or bipolar or both.
I have an adult child with Borderline Personality Disorder, and her teenage years were extremely dysfunctional. There has been a lot of progress in the diagnosis and treatment of this disorder, even among teens. I suggest you search for information on line and also ask your therapist for information. My family was destroyed and decades of suffering continues to haunt us as we all struggle to put the pieces back together. Dialectical Behavior Therapy is extremely effective with this disorder. It is true the teenage years come with behavior that mimics disorder. But the DBT can benefit whatever behavior is troubling and could help your situation no matter the diagnosis. I understand, and staying close the Heavenly Father is the best way to maintain your strength and peace of mind as you struggle with this trial. My heart goes out to you
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