Has your daughter specifically mentioned bullying or are you basing that on your experiences as a child?
Have you given her any tactics to deal with bullies?
Is she an only child? Has it just been the two of you until the 16 yo moved in?
Why is the 16 yo living with you?
You mention getting sick to your stomach yourself when stressed. Has your daughter witnessed these things in you?
How do you generally deal with stress and anxiety?
It sounds like money is tight. Do you discuss that with her or is she aware of that as well?
Regardless of the answers-it sounds like your child needs some professional help as do you in dealing with the changes and stress in your life. I encourage you to make an appointment with a family therapist or ask your doctor or pediatrician for appropriate referrals.
My 11 yo is coveting an ipad in the worst sort of way. She is scheming how she can get her father to get her one. She wants to try the "advance on allowance" approach. I doubt she will get far with that sort of amount. But, I never can tell. (Her father and I are divorced and while we talk about a lot of things-I doubt this is an area I even want to touch.)
Just what she needs-another gadget. But, a more interesting question is--do you have any restrictions on what children can buy with their allowances?View Thread
This really is something to check with your dentist though at a regular dental check up. Most dentists want to see the child every 6 months from the time the first tooth is in ...so if he hasn't been to a dentist yet, it is way past time for that first trip.View Thread