Ages & Stages

“I’m 18 — You Can’t Tell Me What to Do!” Is Your Young Adult Child Breaking House Rules?

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Many parents struggle with their just-turned-18, newly-minted adult children refusing to follow house rules and waving the, "I'm an adult. You can't tell me what to do," banner every time the parent confronts an issue of broken rules or disrespect. For many families, the transition from adolescence into adulthood is one of the more difficult ones for both parent... Read more »

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Are Teenagers Selfish, or Just Cocooning?

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Just a few years ago, it was, "Can I get you anything while I’m up, Papa?" and "Look what I made for you at school today," as well as "Let me make you breakfast in bed." Today my daughter Riley is fifteen, and I consider myself lucky if I can get her to look me... Read more »

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Is It an Adolescent Phase—or Out-of-Control Behavior?

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How do you know if your child is going through an adolescent phase, or if his out-of-control behavior is here to stay? “Every teen goes through this,” you tell yourself. But in the back of your mind, you wonder if your child’s disrespect, acting out, and destructive behavior is normal. When you’re a parent, it’s troubling... Read more »

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Why Your Teen Thinks They Know Everything

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As a parent of a teen, you try to help your son or daughter make good decisions.  You provide guidance. You give your child facts.  You explain the pros and cons. You talk to other parents. You think about how you felt when you were a teen, and the consequences you suffered when you made... Read more »

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