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How to Connect with Your iTeen by Linda Perlman Gordon, Susan Morris Shaffer

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Introduction: Whose Life Is It Anyway?

You cannot tell always by looking

what is happening.

More than half a tree is spread out

in the soil under your feet.

—Marge Piercy, “The Seven of Pentacles”

Teenagers have always been a challenge. One parent observes, “Life with a teen can be compared to wrestling with an octopus.” Some have suggested sending them on a prolonged six-year camping experience. If only it were that easy. People often say that the first step toward recovery is to admit that you have a problem. Your problem is that there is no simple escape plan. You will raise your teenagers, and with a little luck, you and your teens will live to tell about it.

For many of us who have survived these years, the dread of adolescence dominates ...

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