Parenting is never easy, and the teenage years are especially hard. You do your best to raise them right, but it seems that somewhere along the way something went wrong. They may be nearly fully grown, but you know it’s still your duty to make it right.
A Reddit user shared this true story about tough love.
Read how it happened below.
My daughter Callie is, to me, one of the sweetest people I know. She gets good grades, has lovely friends, and still finds time to be a wonderful and loving daughter. I have never had to ground her in high school, and she had never given me reason to believe she is acting out.
I am a single dad of 3 girls. It is tough, but I thought we were doing okay. Callie is the oldest.
I got a phone call from a crying mother today telling me that my daughter was involved in harassing another girl at her school. Callie and her friends took pictures of the girl in “funny” poses, such as bending over to pick something up and her butt crack was showing. The girl is overweight and I think a lot of the pictures had to do with fat shaming.
The mother said that her daughter tried to slit her wrists this morning and was in the hospital.
Callie is at the beach today and should be home in a few hours. I am so mad, I don’t know what to do. I have always taught her to be kind and respectful to others, and I feel like I don’t even know her. From what I have heard, Callie was the ring leader in all of this.
That was a few days ago.
So Callie was scheduled to get home at 8:30 this evening. I get a call at 8:15 from her. She said she was going to stay at a friend’s house overnight. I said “No, I need you to come home right now.” She said “I’m already here! Bye!” And hung up. I decided to go get her instead of arguing over the phone.
I went to the friends house, it was empty. I started calling the the parents of her friends and finally someone’s brother picked up and said they were at the park. Sure enough, I go to the park and there are about 30 kids there around a fire pit. I see her with a solo cup standing next to a beer keg.