Feeling Estranged from 18 yo Daughter
I have an 18 year old daughter who lives with me. Her father and I are divorced and she does not want contact with him. Although she is intelligent, she dropped out of high school. She does not want to go to college and has not taken the GED test yet but I think she can pass it. When she turned 18 she inherited 20 thousand dollars. She has tried to get a job without any success. She spends money on clothes and buys marijuana. She has lost a few important people in her life and she now seems unhappy. We were once close but now she leaves me messes talks back to me and will not talk to me about anything. I feel like the daughter I raised is gone and this horrible changling has taken her place. If I tell her to move I am afraid she will end up living with some awful abusive guy in an unsafe neighborhood. She goes out at night coming home very late or not until the next day. I want her to follow my rules but she does not and I don't know what consequences to impose. We don't have much and anything she owns she has paid for so I have nothing to take away. I feel helpless and a bit stupid for not knowing what to do. I am afraid she is going down the wrong path and is going to have a tough life and that makes me so sad. I cannot find a teen parent support group that is affordable but I need support. Help?