How to Like Your Daughter Again

It was a Thursday evening, a week after Thanksgiving, but Andrea and her daughter Natalie were far from thankful. Natalie, a junior in high school, was tightly wrapped in a blanket on my sofa. Her mother sat cross-legged next to her. It was clear that Natalie was hurt and that Andrea was angry. “It’s not working. I can’t take this anymore” Andrea said. “I’m just waiting till she graduates and is out of this house.” Natalie was crying at this point and looking down. “Natalie wouldn’t get up this morning, so I kicked her,” Andrea continued. I was stunned. She said it matter-of-factly and with no apology. ...

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