Losing my girl :(
10/19/2012 at 09:39 AM

Hi everyone. I am new to this forum and am really hoping for advice that I have not heard before!
I have 3 teen daughters ranging in age from 13-16. We have a blended family, and the girls are with us full time and get along like sisters...the good and the bad :) Considering the circumstances, we are very lucky and in general, life is good. Recently, my 15yr old has discovered the attention from boys. One says she is pretty and thats it...she is obsessed. Let me back up a bit and state she is a good kid, has been on honor roll and manages a job and sports. Recently (since Sept) she is not focusing so well on school work, doesnt seem to have the respect and kindness she once had for her teachers. We have rules in our home....no cell phones when doing homework, we keep the cells in our room when we go to bed. Where she once listened and took my advice, now I know NOTHING. I know this is all normal stuff, but I am scared I am starting to lose her. What can I do? How can I talk to her about the importance of school and respect. She wants to go to University following high school, but I dont think she gets how important her grades are right. How do I keep her on the right path? How do I talk to her without getting upset and getting my message across her teenage brain!