05-01-2017 06:23 PM - last edited on 05-04-2017 12:05 PM by Ngaio-RO
My daughter and I are very close and have open communication, although I have noticed recently that she is derogatory towards me around others which I'm not understanding.
It's nothing serious, just little digs. She's very open with her opinions, and will say in front of others how my shoes look stupid with my outfit, I look silly when I laugh, things like that. We were at my parent's on the weekend, and she said in front of everyone that my eyebrows looked ridiculous "drawn on like that." My brother told me he couldn't tell and wouldn't have known if she hadn't said anything. Mostly she'll put down what I'm wearing and tell me what looks wrong with what. So it's usually around what I'm wearing or look like.
It's weird and I don't understand why she does it when we have a good relationship. She doesn't do it when there's no-one around. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
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05-02-2017 11:04 AM
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05-04-2017 11:32 AM
Are you sure you don't have my daughter @Ngaio-RO lol! Your response sounds just like my daughter, in every way! I relate to the Xmas thing - my daughter doesn't think about getting me anything for Xmas, Mother's Day or my birthday usually.
Your advice about telling her how it makes me feel is great and I'll start doing that. She loves to tell me how she thinks it's funny I wear 'mum' style clothing, and I do say to her that I am a mum so it's actually quite fitting (whatever 'mum clothing' is)!! That one we have a laugh over, but her other comments in front of others I've found confusing.
My therapist says kids need to be taught empathy, and I guess this kinda falls into that category - or at least mindfulness! So it does seem natural that I teach her that her words can be quite hurtful. Seems so basic but I think my questioning of it overrid my solution making, if that makes sense!
Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom
05-04-2017 12:03 PM
I hear so many echoes of my daughter in yours too @taokat I think it speaks to the universality of teenagers. They are all unique snowflakes, and yet they share so many attributes!
I think that comment about teaching empathy is so spot on. I feel the same way. Empathy needs to be taught. It always confused me when parents in playgrounds would let their small children snatch away their toys from other children. The argument being that enforced sharing teaches them nothing, they have to arrive at it innately. To me, that goes against everything I know of kids or people in general. But when they are made to do it they experience the joy that comes with giving joy to others and sharing happiness.
Although it all becomes a lot more nuanced when they're teenagers. By the sounds of things your daughter is kind and full of empathy, for others, she just needs a bit of tweaking when it comes to mum!
If it's any consolation, there have been many times when I have responded to the jokes about my appearance with a smile and 'haha, I wear stupid mum jeans because I'm a mum. hahaha" while in my mind I'm thinking...
I was a teenage girl once too.
05-04-2017 01:12 PM
I liked what you said about the universality of teenagers, and it took me back! I thought I was so unique and individual as a teen but in reality I followed the typical teenage thought processes and behaviours. It outraged me to hear I was actually typical lol.
I'm with you on the parents not stepping in to teach kids about sharing too. And brings back a funny memory. In the park with my little one one day, two other littlies were fighting over a toy, and mine sat there mesmerised by the kerfuffle! The parents were watching too, but thought it best to let them work it out on their own. Little kids don't know how to do that though, and then they miss out on the joy, as you say, of sharing or giving. One's left devastated and in tears. We want to teach sharing and compromise so nobody's left crying.
Quite possibly my daughter doesn't realise how her words make me feel, as she is kind and empathetic, and she has a good heart. I think sometimes they forget that we are actually people with feelings too, we're not just mum or dad.
Love the gif!! Made me laugh. Hyep!
05-04-2017 04:26 PM
Aww dear @Ngaio-RO, I'm eating some of my words!! My daughter came out this afternoon and asked if she could borrow money to buy me a Mother's Day gift. She said she really wants to get me something I really want and need. I reminded her to call her Nanna who wanted to talk to her about it, and she did, to our great surprise. She came back out of her room and told me Nanna had to speak to Pop, so that means it's something expensive. Choking on my words actually!
05-05-2017 10:38 AM
Oh bless her cotton socks. Don't feel bad @taokat That's what I love about this community. It's the perfect place to come and offload so none of it is felt by your daughter.
And this just shows that she's exactly as you describe, compassionate, kind, caring and capable of a biting wit.
What's not to love!
Hope you get something good!
05-06-2017 01:09 AM
So she wants to show others how cool she is. I noticed this behavior when I was still at school, when there is a friend with whom you have a good time, but when there is someone else next to her, she starts making fun of you and making fun of others. So that on your background it seems better than you. How old is your daughter?
05-08-2017 08:13 PM
Hey @Torry_Cox, thank you for your reply. She's just turned 15. Yes, I think part of it is her trying to build herself up. Thankfully she doesn't do it to her friends or others, I'm the only lucky recipient lol. I've had a talk with her and she wasn't aware that it would hurt or upset me. She has been thoughtful and not made any further comments, so I'm hoping that will continue!