I am sure that she did not intend to be hurtful, just thoughtless and insensitive-as teens can be sometimes I guess. Being an adult, it feels strange to express to a teen that they have “hurt my feelings” is this even appropriate? I feel that I must do something though, because I am concerned that my unexpressed hurt is slowly starting to brew into resentment… I am also concerned that if I express how I really feel that I may lose the relationship with her. I do not have anyone to talk to about this, and frankly, this is the one subject in my life that makes me feel like a vulnerable “kid” myself sometimes. Any point of view would appreciated.
Is it appropriate for me to express to my teenaged (birth) daughter that some of her words and actions have really hurt me?
– September 20, 2012Posted in: Community Wisdom