Adolescence is the "hard half of parenting" because that is when the awkward, anxious dance of detachment must begin. Read More
What you said was well and fine in a "normal" home
situation. Not all folks are raised in a healthy manner.
I think, for example the Casey Anthony case of a few years
ago should be studied 8 ways to Sunday. That is a perfect
example of how NOT to raise an adolescent.
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Carl Pickhardt, Ph.D., is a psychologist in Austin, Texas. His most recent books are: The Connected Father, The Future of Your Only Child, and Stop Screaming.
When and how should we open up to loved ones?