Jan
19
2012

From The Globe and Mail

Alexander – for once – was allowed to sit at a cafeteria table with a group of boys who were all good friends. He watched one kid reach over and grab a bunch of French fries off another kid’s plate. The boys laughed. Alexander, wanting to join in the fun, helped himself to a couple of fries, too. Alexander was made unwelcome at the table for any further lunch periods.

When called on in class Owen always went on far too long with his answer. The other kids would roll their eyes. Owen didn’t understand why they didn’t want to pal around with him.

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Jan
05
2012

From The Globe and Mail

Here’s a New Year’s resolution that will make a big difference in your enjoyment of life with your teen. It’s this simple: I won’t take what they say so personally.

There’s a big problem when you have a teenager. They are nice some of the time, but some of the time they are irredeemably not nice. When you go against what they want, they have this unpleasant tendency to become really nasty. Their words hurt.

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Jan
04
2012

From The Globe and Mail

There is an unfortunate holiday gift – a very bad gift indeed – that parents can unwittingly give their teenaged children. But there is a way to turn that bad gift into something very good.

Vivian was approached by her 14-year-old daughter, Fiona, just as they were about to go into the dining room for the traditional Christmas feast at Vivian’s sister’s home.

“Mom, Aunt Victoria says I’m supposed to sit at the little kids’ table, and April [her four-months-older cousin] gets to sit at with the adults. It’s not fair.”

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