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Reining in Mouthy Eleven Year Old


Hello, John and coaches,

I really need help with my eleven year old. She just is so mentally exhausting to me and my husband. She is extremely strong willed and argues everything with me. I am very consistent with her, and she still treats me with no respect. Time in her room doesn't work. When she comes out, she still acts as miserably as she was before. She is always concerned with what her sister is doing, asking her, "Did you wash your hands," "Did you pick your nose," Sis, did you say something about me," to the point it drives all three of us looney. I am trying to get rid of this behavior before she is a real teenager instead of just acting like one. It's at the point where my own anxiety symptoms flare up. Please help. Thank you.

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