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C. Dwayne Shafer, MD, PhD

Great post, Sherri. It is hard for most children to understand that "things haven't changed that much since I was your age," can be true because their parents grew-up without x-boxes, TIVO, or cell phones. Your post also reminded me of a Hebrew word: the same word means both "to teach" and "to learn", thus the idea that if the teacher doesn't get the lesson through to the student, the no teaching actually occurred. No learning, No teaching. We have to give our children a moral compass, and direction in certain situations, but young people want to talk about "their" experiences. When adults listen, the adults learn, and the young persons feel that "communication" has occurred, not just "listening."

Sharon Cook, LCSW, LMFT

Dwayne, Thanks for reading and posting. Your comments reflect what I am thinking. I believe parenting is the most important job we do and too often it is a knee jerk reaction. I appreciate your wisdom. Sherri

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