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Teenagers 101 by Rebecca Deurlein

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CHAPTER 4

Getting Teens to Accept Responsibility for Their Work, Their Decisions, and Their Mistakes

Excuses. The world is filled with them, and it’s really no wonder. Politicians make excuses for their questionable behavior, athletes make excuses for using performance-enhancing drugs, movie stars make excuses for their messy personal lives, and all of them blame the media for reporting the salacious details of their misbehavior.

Making excuses and blaming others has become a national pastime, and teenagers have learned from the best. I have probably heard every excuse out there, and I have watched children blame anyone and everyone if it meant they could delay taking responsibility for their choices or avoid embarrassing themselves. Social psychologists ...

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