Our expert says:
when a disbility is present it is always important to ensure that you are aware of what may be linked, but as you rightly say what may be part of her becoming more challenging as she enters into adolescence.
She may have responded to you hitting her because it came as a shock. However, this will have a short shelf life and hitting children is never a solution. All you teach a child is that it is ok to hit people when you become frustrated with them. Alternatives tend to take more time and imagination, but consider this - if you hit anyone else but your child you would be faced with an assault charge - so it is somewhat ironic that so many people think its okay to hit the people we love the most.
Having CP is difficult and will be even more challenging for her as she becomes more self-aware as a teenager and she is going to need a lot of understanding during this time. The gynae procedure she underwent may not create a hormonal problem, but having such an invasive procedure will have had an emotional and psychological impact on her, and she may even be feeling angry with you for having had this procedure even though it may have been medically necessary.
I would ask you to think about therapy for her for all of the reasons you not above. For sure she needs your parental guidance and boundaries and children can test you to the very limits of your patience, but you need to develop ways of discipline that are sustainable and that keep your relationship strong and does not force you apart from each other.
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