Dear Dr. Wolf,
I have two teens – a son, 16, and a daughter, 15. They are jealous and filled with resentment for each other. But the really big thing that I just don't know what to do about is this: They tell me, all the time, about each other’s misbehaviours, and it drives me nuts. And while many are lies, many aren’t, and I am seriously going crazy trying to figure out the truth. I honestly don’t know what to do.
Dad in the Middle
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The end of high school is a very strange time for teens.
This is true both for kids going off to university and those who will continue to live at home. The message in our society is clear: When your class graduates from high school – at precisely that point when the last diploma has been handed out and the principal announces “Congratulations, class of 2010” and a cheer surges from the class and their assembled relatives – you are no longer a child. You are now an adult.
So what does the end of childhood feel like? Ask your teen.
“It’s really weird. It’s like I’m nowhere and everybody else is in the same nowhere. And we’re wandering around and there’s like a bond between all of us. But we all know that it’s ending. Everything is ending. Everything that was is ending. And then we’re all on our own. And everybody tries to be all upbeat and cheery, talking about what they’re going to do over the summer and in the fall. But underneath everybody is scared. How can they not be? It’s just so weird.”