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Why not to ask why

“Why?” questions are uppermost in the minds of most parents when they first come out to the group:

  • “Why does he lie?”
  • “Why does she hang around with those kids?”
  • “Why does he do drugs?”
  • “Why does she steal?”

But we don’t have to know why a problem exists to solve it.

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Great Expectations

Ask anyone what they expect from their relationship—whether that be with their teen, their spouse or their boss—and they will usually give you a list of what they believe the other person should be doing.

It’s highly unlikely anyone will say, “Aah, yes, here’s what I expect from myself in this relationship.”

I’ve lost track of the number of times parents have asked me, “But shouldn’t I have expectations?” Of course you should. Absolutely. You should expect only the best, and you should have only the highest standards—for your behaviour.

“What will the neighbours think?!”

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Teaching Responsibility

Every parent wants responsible teens. But these questions elude us:

What is responsibility?

How can we teach it to our kids?

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