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Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years by Michelle Icard

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#8

Your “Sneaking” Suspicions

Reacting to a Kid Who Goes Behind Your Back

My daughter asked to borrow my expensive new shirt and I said no. This morning, she ran out of the house with her jacket zipped to her chin and I can’t find my shirt in my closet. Should I kill her? Or should I ground her first, and then kill her?

This scenario unfolds in houses across the country millions of times throughout middle school. It’s not always the stolen shirt. It could be the makeup put on at school, the cell phone sneaked into class, or the movie watched without permission. You told your kid not to do something, so he did it behind your back.

Just as I’m constantly chorusing, “That’s normal!” about our kids’ rebellion, here I want to reassure you. The desire ...

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