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Parental Consistency Is So Important

When I recently asked 3,000 parents what they would change if they could start over again in their parenting, the number one response was, “I’d be more consistent.” I suppose these parents now realize that their inconsistency led their teen and their family to a place they really didn’t want to go.  Whether rooted in misplaced love, or Read More

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Parental Consistency Is So Important

When I recently asked 3,000 parents what they would change if they could start over again in their parenting, the number one response was, “I’d be more consistent.” I suppose these parents now realize that their inconsistency led their teen and their family to a place they really didn’t want to go.  Whether rooted in misplaced love, or Read More

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Mark Twain, a fellow man of the mustache, was quick to give his take on the many aspects of life. He made a comment in 1935 that was quoted in his non-fiction book Notebook (published posthumously). He said, “There is charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.” True, isn’t it?
Don’t you find that those things that are taboo, unspoken, or hidden from you have a sort of attraction solely because they are forbidden? In fact, it seems that the more forbidden things are, the more attractive they become. My mom made a comment to me once that summed up what Mr. Twain was trying to say: “The forbidden fruit is always the sweetest.”
We must make sure we are talking to our teens about all those “forbidden” things in life, even if it feels a little uncomfortable at times. I am not suggesting that we let our kids partake in all that is forbidden and then talk about it around the dinner table. What I am suggesting is that we have one-on-one talks with our kids about that “sweet fruit” so that our silence doesn’t make it all the more appealing.

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