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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman

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the teen who talks back

the kid's got attitude

Here's the Problem

Standing in front of a hundred parents, I ask them to shout out adjectives that describe their teens. Surly, disrespectful, mean, sarcastic, and argumentative top the list. Where is that fantastic eight-year-old who can't tell you enough how much he loves you and, in fact, loves you so much he wants to marry you when he grows up? So much for unrequited love!

Why It's a Problem

What's going on is really plain and simple. Your teen has now figured out that he is not you! And he will find any way he can to drive that point home to you. If you're a reader, he'll disdain books; if you ...

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