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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman

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lies of omission

“oh. I didn't think I had to tell you that”

Here's the Problem

Sometimes people lie outright, and sometimes they just don't tell you the whole story. Why do teens lie? They lie because from their point of view, they have to. How else do they get to do what they want? The problem is that they don't even give their parents a chance to say yes. Instead they tell half the story. Because teens are impulsive and live in the moment, they often get caught. The best way to cure this? Your teen needs to know that you won't always be the parent of no. Sometimes as parents you do resort to the knee-jerk no because your teen demands rather ...

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