Hi, Im relatively new to this step parent thing. I have two sons under the age of 10 and my partner has a 15 yo daughter. We all have come from broken DV families some time ago. My partner and I have since provided positive and loving environment at home with stability. 15 yo step daughter is skipping school so consequence was grounding and removal of devices etc. Ambulance came after she admitted taking an overdose of medicine. I am beside myself with worry, fear and panic. Now, knowing that she is ok Im also cranky. Is this normal? We are getting her much needed help and are providing her with unconditional support there is only one person that can turn this around and that is her! Hopefully with help from a psychiatrist she will be able to develop strategies to help her deal with social anxiety issues she is feeling at school. Teenagers these days have very little respect and seem to get away with not facing their problems like we had to growing up. It frustrates me to no end. Her moods are up and down its like being on a roller coaster. How can I best help her while giving her confidence to face up to challenges that life throws at us every day? I fear we are not raising resilient adults in these uncertain challenging times. How do we raise respectful teenagers without them walking all over us expecting the world?
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