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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman

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why don't boys talk?

a different kind of silent treatment

Here's the Problem

A parent at her wit's end, who couldn't get her teen son to talk to her, came to me for help. She could see and sense that all was not well with him; he looked unhappy, seemed lonely, and isolated himself in his room. This was not an intentional silent treatment, the mom explained. There had been no arguments, punishments, or incidents of wrongdoing. He was completely shut down, and this mom was worried.

Why It's a Problem

I asked the mom to describe her husband's personality and how he dealt with uncomfortable feelings. I wanted to find out what kind of model this boy ...

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