Because there’s been some question about this below, I want to clarify it here: I do not think bigotry is gracious.
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Again, she wasn't moving back home, she hated that city. I asked the dental assistant to talk to her, she did. That is how everything is, she will later, I'll get off in a few minutes, I'll take a shower tonight, I'll take the dog out in a few minutes. Instead, happily, she is none of these things and is an A student.
Our house did not sell, so we moved right back in, same friends, same school, same everything. The teeth problem, we visit the dentist every 6 months, no cavities. I grounded her from it yesterday, because she does not get off when I ask her to. You could be telling me -- as I hear sometimes from moms of other girls this age -- that she is boy-obsessed, that she is failing school, that her friends worry you, and that she is sneaking cigarettes or has tried drinking or drugs.
But I also need to point out that the problems you describe with your almost-13 year old are normal problems.
They begin experimenting with being sassy, if they haven't done so thus far. " So mommy is going to show a little "tough love" and teach Nate the ways of the world. After they get married, Angel Smalls and her fiance are going to inherit her father's business. So while Dad and future-hubby are on vacation discussing the details on how to hand over the business, Angel's running the place. We all know the old saying: when the cat's away, the mice will play. Her mechanics are an unruly group of men, and they about to turn their bad behavior on the future owner's wife..their boss's daughter! Now all those frustrations are about to be realized -- and taken out -- on all of petite Angel's tiny holes!