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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman

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my teen the pit bull

never takes no for an answer

Here's the Problem

Do you have a teen who won't take no for an answer? A scenario might go like this: Your teen asks you for something—a ride, money, or permission. Your answer is no. Your teen now shifts to rebuttal mode. You move to a “we'll see.” Your teen sees an opening and goes in for the kill with promises and negotiations. You give an “If I see an improvement in your _______ we'll talk about it.” Even though in your head it's still a no, you hope that by leaving the door open a little, your teen will stop bugging you. Perhaps this strategy worked for you in the past, but for a savvy teen, ...

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