she absolutely refuses to do any chores or clean up after herself. she is mouthy. punishment or rewards do not work. she has been in counseling for 4 years but it doesn't help. I have changed counselors once. she is not a truant or in any legal trouble. I am a single parent. she is 14 and thinks she is the boss. she says I can't touch her or I will be arrested. I am not afraid of her, but I am at a loss of what else to try. help.
You could try filing unruly charges through the local juvenile court. Go to the juvenile court in your county to see if they have forms to assist you.
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Great question. I don't favor corporal punishment myself, but for those who do support it, your daughter would be the poster child for it.
You can re-establish control by filing an incorrigible complaint against her in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court. She will have to appear and answer the charge, or else SHE will be the one arrested. Your daughter will be represented by a public defender or court-appointed attorney, while the case will be prosecuted by the county prosecutor's office.
If the incorrigible complaint is proven, she will either answer to your rules or to the rules of a foster home in the placement of children services, her choice.
While I do think filing unruly charges may be the only solution at this point, it is important to consider what a case would do to you as a parent as well. I have seen parents stuck with hefty probation costs, parenting classes, and the burden of now having to report an home/school rules violation or they will also be charged.
Before burdening yourself with some of that, maybe remind your child that if she is adjudicated as being unruly she can lose her license up to age 21, do dozens if not hundreds of hours of community service, and many other penalties. And if she doesn't comply with that the judge will absolutely ship her to a juvenile facility.
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