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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman

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cellphone/smartphone monitoring

should I or shouldn't I?

Here's the Problem

When I suggest to parents that they need to monitor their teen's texts from time to time, I'm usually met with tremendous resistance. Some parents have made the decision to respect their teen's privacy. Their rationale? When they were teenagers and kept diaries or notes from friends, they absolutely did not want their parents to read them. In fact, they took great pains to hide them in secret and hard-to-find places, like under the mattress! (Of course, that's the first place any nosy parent would look.) Their diaries were personal—filled with fantasies and dreams. If ...

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