Correcting Your Teen

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Most teens are allergic to correction.

They have been corrected so much, and they feel wrong.  They feel that if they get corrected one more time, they’ll die.   So, they constantly ward off correction.

Most teens do this with the words “I know”.  It doesn’t matter what you say, he’ll cut you off with “I know”.

Some shut you, and your possible corrections, out with noise- cancelling headphones.

Some barricade themselves in their room, and become nocturnal creatures who only venture out when you are asleep.

Some flee life altogether.

Each of these typical teen-behaviors is an effort to ward off correction.

And here you were all worried that your kid didn’t love you!  If that were true, he wouldn’t care what you thought of him.  No, the trouble is that your approval was all important; he just didn’t get enough of it.

He has this drive to try…

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