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    Jean Tracy, MSS

    Dear Marney,

    I like the your twist about power struggles and how they can be turned into positive ways to communicate.

    Your book,The Whipped Parent, is a treasure for us all.

    Warmly,

    Jean Tracy, MSS
    www.KidsDiscuss.com

    Marney Studaker-Cordner

    Sorry - first part of my comment didn't show up...
    Jan, it sounds like your daughters have found a creative way to address these issues with your grandkids. It can be hard to take a step back when our emotional buttons get pushed during power struggles with our kids, and we can lose sight of our ultimate intention: to prepare our kids to deal with and navigate within the Real World. Someday, when our teens are in a marriage, a job, etc., they'll have to learn to express themselves in ways that are positive if they want to get their needs met. These power struggles they try and draw us into are actually opportunities - for them and for us as parents - to learn these skills.

    Marney Studaker-Cordner

    Someday, when our teens are in a marriage, a job, etc., they'll have to learn to express themselves in ways that are positive if they want to get their needs met. These power struggles they try and draw us into are actually opportunities - for them and for us as parents - to learn these skills.

    Jean Tracy, MSS

    Thank you for your comments, Jan. I loved hearing this. Hopefully, your words will be helpful to other parents experiencing power struggles with their teens.

    Warmly,

    JeanTracy, MSS
    www.KidsDiscuss.com

    Jan Skoog

    I see this with my 4 teenage grandchildren a lot. It seems that both my daughters deal with these power struggles quite well. Interesting enough, they both use TV (relationship shows or a few reality show)as a teaching tool for consequences and thoughtfulness before doing, saying, or behaving in a way that will not have a good outcome. My daughters talk through all these shows and it seems to work on power struggles about say; piercing, drinking, how to respond to peers, etc. etc. Never thought I would say this type of TV had a good purpose but I have seen it in action and it works for my grandkids.

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