Three Rules for Parenting the Adult Teen

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About David Stanley

David Stanley is a voice-over artist and writer. Musician, teacher & science geek. Coach, skier and bike racer. "I call it curiosity, my wife calls it ADD, but I find nearly everything interesting. My son is 20 and still needs his Dad. I am 54 and so do I. On Twitter, I’m @DStan58. I blog on the oddities of life, sports, kids and education at http://dstan58.blogspot.com/"

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  1. This seems like good advice, too often easily forgotten.

    Have you ever had to deal with one of your kids being completely disrespectful, unappreciative and just downright rotten? I have, it’s sucks.

    • Patrick, Indeed I have. My son and I have had the same moments that every parent/child have had. My tactic was usually the same (except for the time I really lost it and so scared the crap out of the kid that he shocked into a semblance of good behavior) – I would separate us. I would tell him that I don’t tolerate that behavior from anyone, and he needed to leave the room. I once started to pitch the tent in the backyard. Kid asked why- I told him that next time he pitched a fit, he was welcome to move out. That worked for a few weeks. I would recommend you check out Ross Greene. His work with explosive and antisocial kids is exceptional. -”Center for collaborative problem solving” and “Lives in the Balance.org” His stuff was a great help to me when my son was going one of his volatile periods. Trust me, these pieces I write – I draw heavily on my family experience.

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