It started with one question. One small ripple in the pond...
And has led to a tidal wave of honesty and the revelation of despair.
This road to teenage-hood has many twists and turns
We had some issues over breaking the contract written regarding Facebook
So I asked a simple question
My question was "we know you have something to tell us so we can discuss it when you are ready"
I thought the answer was going to be something about her continuing to write on FB despite being banned which we knew she was doing
What came out of it was a 4 page letter written to us, by my darling daughter, about the depths of despair she sinks in to
The tears flowed as we gently held her discussing her feelings and coming up with a plan. A plan for us all. We reinforced that she doesn't need to be perfect, we love her and that it is okay to have a down day and told her to thank her friends who have supported her through so far. We also did the following:
- Came up with a code word for when she is feeling sad or feeling r-e-a-l-l-y sad
- Bought her some vitamins
- Arranged a visit to the GP
- Arranged some visits to a psychologist
- Arranged hang outs with her friend
- Booked her in to the dentist to check the state of her teeth (for potential eating disorders)
- We have still banned her from FB for the time being
- Get her to leave her phone in our room every night from 7.30
- She still needs to do her chores
We talk about it. She says she feels like a burden has lifted and she doesn't have to pretend to feel happy now. She also slept 13 hours the night after she told us. She tells us if the day has been "purple" or just "violet".
So far so good
I can tell you that I and the Silver Fox were shocked to say the least. Not that she has low days but that they were so very low. Look this might be a "stage" but I feel very grateful that I asked the question.
Ciao for now...