1. How old are your kids and what is one thing they've done recently that made you laugh? My daughter is 14yo, so sad that I can not remember at time. 2. Parenting can be really stressful - how do you try to keep those stress levels down? Meditate, walk the dog, but I feel that I am at the point where even this is not helping. 3. What led you to ReachOut Parents today? An episode last night where I found my daughter bed empty and found her down an alley way 10 minutes from home, in the car ride home she bite me and I felt that what she wanted to do was go out and to be honest rather than the threats to kill her self or needing to walk at night to relieve her anger, there is so much lying, I eventually took her to the park that she was travelling to and left her there. She called me up 30 minutes later to pick her up. I have taken a phone away while she is a sleep. This was done even after she knew that yesterday my best friend passed away, the lack of empathy is alarming. 4. Whats your top tip for parents whose kids are about to enter teenage years? Eat dinner together and family time is not negotiable. 5. Whats the best thing about weekends? A sleep in and freedom.
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Firstly thank you for this platform for parents.
My daughter is 14yo, she has had 5 suicide attempts since lockdown and self harms.
I am a single mother.
My daughter is very angry and abusive, and I am at the point of not know how to protect her from harm.
Her behaviour is risky, leaving the house at night, stealing money and taking drugs.
I do not know what to do at this point.
Remove the phone.
Send her to boarding school.
I feel like I am losing my compass as a mother and losing faith in my decision making process.
I have support from my beautiful family, however my daughter has pushed away every one at the point and only connects with her friends.
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