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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman

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Here's the Problem

It's a Friday or a Saturday night, and your teen is getting ready for a night out. You casually, but warily, ask, “So what's your plan for the night?” You've been down this road before, and can predict the unsatisfying answer. She has been down this road a few times herself, and she casually replies, “Ah, I think maybe, not really sure, but I dunno, maybe going over to X's house and then maybe walking into town to get ice cream, and well I'm not really sure, but yeah going to X's house, and gonna see what's up with everyone.” This halting, vague recitation takes five minutes to get ...

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