Sorry about the BUTT -- my attempt at humor to keep me from going nuts... I am so extremely frustrated with my daughter who is 12. The weekend before last she wanted to go stay the night at a friend's house-- I said ONLY if you clean your room. She did a half a**ed job and then got mad at me when I told her that her room was not clean. I called her father-- who lives 3 hours away-- and together he and I (with my husband) told her that she could not go because her room was not clean. She informed me that I expect things to be perfect... Then last weekend she wanted to go to the same friend's house and I made her the same deal, informing her that the room had to be clean to my expectations. She sort of cleaned the room and then said to me, "I will have it all finished" when I said that I had to go get groceries before the store closed. I got home to an empty house and when I looked in my daughter's bedroom it was not clean at all. The room was a safety hazard because she had broken some glass and it was all over the floor, there was bleach in her bedroom-- why I dont know--, nail polish remover, and other questionable items. SO I went into her bedroom and cleaned it-- left nothing where it was, emptied the room -- took everything out including her stuffed animals, toys, stereo, everything except her clothes, bed, and a few books. I told her that when she learns to keep the room clean with nothing in it then she could have a few things back. She of course hates me and was very upset. I told her that she needs to learn to do a good job with the jobs she does because she seems to do everything half a**ed-- unloading the dishwasher, folding clothes, sweeping the floor, homework, everything. Is this a teenage thing??? Is it a LAZY thing??? Is it rebellion??? I tell you there are days where it just drives me nuts!! HELP!!
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