Why you shouldn't try to be your teen's friend

Discussion in 'Parenting News' started by runawaybunny, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. runawaybunny

    runawaybunny Administrator Staff Member

    Why you shouldn't try to be your teen's friend - Essential Kids

    Middle daughter slams the door. "I hate you. What sort of mother are you?" she screams as I take her phone off her late at night.

    It's the night before I'm due to interview the teen whisperer, psychologist Michael Hawton. I hold my fists tightly behind my back.

    Parenting is the hardest job I have ever done. On a good day, I would ignore my darling's rudeness. But tonight, I hit back. "I'll send you to live with your father, or to boarding school!" I yell.

    "At least he's nice!" my 14-year-old strikes back.

    And what does Hawton say in his new book, Engaging Adolescents? My frustrated teen has spat an insult my way. I should look her straight in the eye and come out with this: "You must have had a pretty bad day to feel the need to say something that nasty to me when we are trying to work out a solution to a problem. I hope you feel better."
     
  2. Littleboylost

    Littleboylost On the road unwanted to travel

    God co need a parenting coach. My buttons get pushed all the time. However to my support my son drives a lot of his support workers and bail officer nuts as well. He is noted by the courts and bail office as high risk. No wonder he pushes my buttons.