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Teenagers 101 by Rebecca Deurlein

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CHAPTER 3

Too Old to Run to Mom or Dad: When to Get Involved and When to Step Back

One of the most challenging aspects of being a parent is knowing when to get involved and when to step back. We have been the number one advocates in our children’s lives since their birth, and letting them take the fall runs completely contrary to everything our hearts and minds tell us to do. How do we go from being in control of every aspect of their day to releasing them to high school for eight hours and trusting that they will take ownership of their education? The fact of the matter is that it is a weaning process. Just as we weaned our babies off the bottle or breast, we must wean our teenagers from dependency of other kinds as well. This doesn’t happen ...

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