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What To Do When Your Teen Hates You

02/15/2013 06:48 pm ET

The love between a parent and child is supposed to be unconditional, but it’s not always easy to think loving thoughts when your child says, "I hate you." This is something Shelley C. and Amy R., Circle of Moms members who are both moms of teens, are struggling with. When Shelley's 15-year-old daughter blurts these words out in anger, she wonders what the best response is: "I've been told and have read that I should ignore it, but dang, I find it the ultimate disrespect and I hate letting her get away with it. Believe me, I am exhibiting enormous restraint by not popping back at her with something." Amy seconds that experience, volunteering that coming up with an appropriate response while keeping her own emotions in check is the hardest parenting task she's been faced with.

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