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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman

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trust vs. temptation

how to help a sneaky teen

Here's the Problem

A parent called me to ask, “What do you do when your teen betrays your trust? Can and how do you rebuild it?” Trust is a tricky issue with teens. An adult perspective is that someone earns your trust by showing through their behavior that they understand and respect your expectations. Because adults have more life experience and the ability to think things through, it's realistic to expect that when adults betray your trust, they fully understand what they're doing. A cognitive choice has been made: I know I'm not supposed to be doing this, and I am doing it anyway.

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