(Closed) Problems with my sister. *Long*

posted 6 years ago in Family
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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KatyKat:  Time for some tough love for your sister. She’s not respecting your rules or your home or you, so therefore she must go. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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KatyKat:  Shes being a disrespectful brat and is old enough to handle the consequences. You gave her a second chance and she shit all over it.

I say IF you give her a third chance, demand that she attends counselling alone and with you. ( and follows the rules)

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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KatyKat:  She is your sister. She is 17. She is in that horrible rebel stage that basically handicaps her and it is very sad and hard on both you and your husband. But at the end of the day she is your blood and so young. She only has you.

Try to look at situation from her point of view, she feels like she is a burden on both you and your husband. She feels unwelcomed and probably thinks “nobody understands me”. I would try to be more of a sister to her than a mother and have a serious talk. Just you and her. Try to have her open up to you. Be her friend. Maybe she needs therapy and someone to talk to. Sounds to me like she had tough life and it wears off on kids. My sister is 18 now and I know how annoying her attitude is.

You want her to follow your rules and be grateful. Unfortunately that only happens in the movies. She obviously has built up anger and resentment. Seems to me she has major trust issues as well. Yes, she is being a brat but I think she really needs to feel love from you more than discipline right now.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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KatyKat:  Hey, I thought I’d put in my two cents because I came from a bad home with the worst parents.

first off, I understand you’re Christian and likely have strong values and beliefs. If your sister is not christian or even just has more relaxed values than you, try to understand her and not force your values on her. She will resent you for it And in turn, rebel. 

second, she’s from a Bad home and not used to rules, by the sounds of it. I totally support rules and curfews and everything, but to a degree. When I was a teen, I was troubled and rebelling a lot. If I would miss my curfew (because I literally fell asleep watching a movie or couldn’t find a ride home and didn’t want to hitchhike), I would be scared of getting in trouble for coming home late. I would make the bad decision to just avoid going home because I was so scared. So try to make curfew something reasonable. have her start off with basic chores – unloading the dishwasher, etc. 

I wish I had someone who cared enough to sit me down and have a heart to heart. I wish soneone had explained that they get upset because they worry about me. I wish someone said they see a lot of potential in me. 

Another point – marijuana is really not that bad. If she is not smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol, but smoking a bit of weed (not all day, everyday), then I think she’s okay. I’m not sure if youve tried weed, but it’s extremely mild. It’s not addictive like cigarettes or other drugs, and it doesn’t cause someone to lose their senses like alcohol. My Fiance is a big pot smoker and he’s very successful, pulling in over $100,000/yr at the beginning of his career. 

Over all, what I’m trying to say is to try to be patient with her. she can’t change overnight, and if she refused the pot her friends are smoking, she would possibly be made fun of and lose her only friends. Change takes time. It was a very gradual process for me to go from hanging with bad kids to switching to positive friends. I had to make new, better influence friends one by one and slowly distance myself from the bad people. 

Has she got everything she needs for getting her GED? Books, supplies, etc? I suggest giving her daily or weekly goals, and going over it with her. I needed a kick in the pants when I was a teen, I’m sure she does too. She’s probably desperate for some accountability. I’m not saying bribe her, but dangle some sort of carrot as Motivation. Like if you finish this chapter by this time, we will do this. If you pass your GED, well take a vacation! 

She sounds like she needs support, love and compassion now. It’s not easy, but you love her and your husband seems like a good guy for taking her In. Please don’t give up on her. 

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Honey bee

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KatyKat:  These are all coping mechanisms…I mean, you don’t give a ton of details about her past, but she’s probably so used to trying to survive she doesn’t know what to do.

These are the kids that need the most love. But they aren’t used to love, so of course she’s not going to react how you think she needs to or should. I’m not saying she’s right or without blame, but she needs stability and to feel like she’s safe with you- which takes time. Pick your battles. How long has she been living with you?

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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KatyKat:  That changes things completely then. She is for sure more troubled than I originally thought. Offering love and support and getting shat on never ends well. Everyone has breaking point. I would suggest good ass beating but I am Polish and that’s how I was raised 😛 Also, at this age is too late for that move anyway. I would try to get her to counseling asap. She obviously has the attitude of “I dont need you, f*** you, I am good on my own”.

Ok now I know it is drastic and I don’t know if I would have guts to do it but maybe, just maybe she needs to experience being completely abandoned then. Like, homeless. Maybe that would make her appreciate her current situation more.

I am so sorry you have to go through that right after marrying your husband. I wish I could help more.

But I do agree with PP and my original post. Sounds to me like she needs shit load of love from you. And of course it depends on how long she lives with you. If we talk anything less than 6 months, it is too early for changes in her behavior. She needs to feel stability.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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KatyKat:  I’m so sorry you’re going through this. Some of my sisters didn’t get out of the bad lifestyle we grew up in and it breaks my heart. 

About the pot, i totally appreciate if you don’t want it in your house. I would just try to be a little more lenient if it’s happening outside of your home. If it’s not negatively affecting her job, etc. then I wouldnt worry about it. Honestly, she sounds torn up inside and this is probably a great stress reliever. And like I said, she is probably depending heavily on her friends whom she can talk to openly and candidly about her feelings and problems. She can’t burn these bridges until she has a solid foundation elsewhere. Kicking her out and threats are only going to make her retreat further into her negative friends and lifestyle. 

As others suggested, I think counselling would be really great. I saw a psychiatrist in my early twenties and it really helped being in a non judgemental situation where I could get things off my chest. She might not want to go to counselling, but encourage her to at least give it a shot. 

She might be depressed, bipolar, have anxiety, who knows. All of these things are common when you grow up in a crappy household. Maybe she just needs an authority figure to hear her out and reassure her that she is okay. Hearing from my doc that I was doing so well despite everything really boosted my morale and kept me going.

I know counselling isnt cheap, but I think it’s a great investment. 

Also, have you tried sitting her down to ask what her goals are? How she aspires to get there? She might not be open to the idea at first, so try giving her an out and saying let’s discuss again soon. She’s probably taking life day by day. It sounds like she’s really struggling. To you and hubby, it looks like she’s lazy and disrespectful, which she is! Don’t get me wrong, but she’s damaged Too. 

she may never decide to take the same road as you, the road that leads out of a depressing lifestyle, but she’s at the age where she could definitely turn her life around still. 

I feel your pain and admire you for taking her in.

I hope things get better for you and especially her. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

As a high school teacher, I’d recommend reaching out to her school counselor (even if she isn’t enrolled, someone at your local high school should be able to help) for support. You guys are suddenly parents to a troubled teen, and you need help to get her on track. They can give you tips and connect you with community resources for the GED and hopefully counseling for her, you, & your DH.

Her behavior is awful, but remember that she’s 17. She might look like an adult, but her brain isn’t fully developed yet. She’s going to be impulsive and hypocritical and rude sometimes – that’s how teens are. Your job as the adult is to set boundaries so she learns how to act. It’s a tough job, but it’s what she needs. You are absolutely right not to let her walk all over you – she needs someone to do this before it’s too late.

I know it’s tough, but you & your husband should avoid fighting with her – just tell her what to do & don’t respond when she argues back. It sounds like she is pushing your buttons on purpose, but remember that she is a child when you respond to her. If she is rude, calmly tell her “that’s not an acceptable way for you to speak to me” or “I need you to be respectful.” If you can model it by speaking super-respectfully to others in her presence as much as possible, that will give her a good example and give her fewer insults to hurl at you next time she gets upset. She needs to know that no matter how shitty she is, you & DH will never fly off the handle ; no matter how angry she makes you, she’ll never be in danger. Once she believes that and can predict your behavior,, there won’t be any point in pushing your buttons.

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