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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman

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puh-leez…no lecture

 

Here's the Problem

I'm sure this takes place in your household at least once a day. Your teen says something provocative, narcissistic, or naive. Thinking that you need to “set him straight,” you respond with a lecture about why what he said is unrealistic. I worked with a couple that was regularly getting hooked into these kinds of conversations with their 15-year-old son. Their relationship with him was deteriorating. They were frustrated with his inability to be realistic, and he was frustrated with their inability to understand him. He would regularly announce his plans for “when he grew up” or taunt his parents’ political ...

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