Adolescence is a period of independence and a time for young folks to discover themselves. At this point, your teen is likely to rebel against your attempts to exert any sort of parental authority over their life.
Regardless of how they behave, it is important that you are there to provide the necessary guidance, support, and encouragement to keep them from going astray. This wasn't the case for one Redditor who was left raging due to the snarky joke her teenage niece, Lucy, was making to her daughter, Cloe.
As stated by Psychology Today, parents impact their children's behavior through instruction, by example, persuasion, motivation, and self-disclosure, among other ways.
Handling teenagers can be challenging, but you must exercise caution while speaking to them because they are still developing. Even if you don't believe they're paying attention, they are, and what you say can have far more of an impact on their mental health than you might expect.
For Lucy, who has spent her life without a father figure (due to her dad's incarceration), it was definitely not pleasant to hear her Aunt scold her by touching on the very part of her life that hurts the most.
There is more power in the words you speak than you are aware of, and they can have lasting effects. However, the Redditor feels it was necessary to take a strong stance against her daughter's bully.
Due to the backlash from other family members, she decided to make a post to seek opinions from the community about how she handled the situation.
The post, which has gone viral, is drawing opinions from hundreds of people in the Reddit community. We gathered the very best comments for your viewing pleasure.
As of right now, it is still not clear if the approach the Redditor tried will have a positive or negative impact on her niece. What matters is the fact that she expressed love and concern for her daughter, who appeared to be hurt by Lucy's mean jokes.
Undoubtedly, the scenario will push both families apart for some time. While you can't always fix everything right away, some steps can be taken to create a better and more peaceful atmosphere.
Do you think the Redditor handled the situation well, or could she have taken a different approach? Share your thoughts in the comments below.