Teenager, Shame, Dr, Horrible, and the Nature of Evil

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So Teenager is grounded. Again. Perpetually. This time for a brief time because he completely ignored one too many instructions. He’s only grounded until he finishes the task I set for him, but it could be awhile. I made the task bigger when he stepped on my last nerve. So I snooped through his email and Facebook. Don’t give me that look. Until they repeal the RICO act I am criminally responsible for everything he does under my roof. It is a part of the parenting pact that since I provide him with internet access, I can choose at any…

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Teenager’s New Dilemma

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Teenager has a problem. Or something. Last night we went to open house and teacher after teacher not only told us what a delight he was to have in class, but that he was working hard and doing well. So we knew the other shoe had to fall soon. But not this soon. When Teenager was in third grade he went from being his sunny, incorrigible, outgoing self to suddenly slinking around the house, spreading a cloud of gloom everywhere he went. We let him sulk for a day or so, then asked him what was up. “Why can’t they…

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Cave Dweller and the Cat Doo – A True Tale

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Like many mothers, I assign my kids the chores I most hate to do. Go ahead. Admit it. You do, too. Many years ago, when Teenager was a wee little foul mouthed baby, his older brother Cave Dweller was my prime victim in the ‘nasty chore’ department. I was raised in, and firmly adhere to, the belief that a house without a cat is not a home. This is a firm commitment to belief despite the fact that cleaning the cat pan is a gawdawful nasty chore and I will find a way to pass it off whenever possible. We…

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Five Don’ts When Grounding Your Child or Teen

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Hat at Zazzle.com Grounding your child is one of the most common discipline methods of parents in many parts of the world. The concept is pretty simple: Take away freedom of movement or specific privileges from a misbehaving child for a specific amount of time, with the dual purpose of encouraging positive behavior through closer supervision, and reducing negative behavior through reducing opportunity. Unfortunately, many parents ‘break the rules’ of grounding, thereby making it far less effective. Here are some basic grounding ‘don’ts’ to keep you on track:

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