I'm not sure where to start. Part of me wants to share this, but the other part of me is hesitant to.
I've been really worried about our teenager the past few days. I go through these cycles of worrying, being sad, and then getting really mad.
I know, you're wondering what the hell I'm talking about.
Well...as I mentioned a few weeks back, Our Princess-Pie has been having a really difficult time. Being a 14 year old girl is NOT easy. I remember that. I remember fighting with my mother a lot, having the most obnoxious attitude when it came to anything involving my parents, and I remember going through a period of depression during that time. The surge of hormones, social pressure, academic pressure, and transitioning from being a child to a young woman is hard.
Now I'm seeing a similar struggle in Princess-Pie although she tends to handle her emotions differently than I did. When I was her age and I was having a hard time emotionally, I was very irritable and snappy with my family and I would isolate a lot. Princess-Pie, on the other hand, has resorted to other measures- cutting on herself! That's right. I couldn't believe it and neither could her dad. Of course, it's very disturbing and we're doing our best to try and understand what she's going through.
She started reading this book "Cut" which she got from her school library about 1 month ago. It's about a teenager who cuts to relieve her emotional pain. And I know it's sort of been a "trendy" thing amongst teens these days to say that they're EMO (emotional) and to prove it by cutting on themselves. Princess-Pie has even told us that she has a friend at school who cuts on herself, and that she knows a lot of kids that do the same thing.
Has anyone had any experience with this? If you have, please share any advice or comments. The support would be greatly appreciated.
6 days ago