Should Parents Tolerate Teenage Sarcasm?

"Ahhhh, duh!" Dear Dr. Vicki:  How do I cut through what appears to be 14 year old hormonal sarcasm? Dr. Vicki’s response:  With teenagers, the best thing to do with sarcasm is to ignore it.  Second best thing to do it ignore it.  Do you want to hear the next one? Seriously, particularly at this age, it is so important to pick and choose your battles.  In the big scheme of things,... 

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Parents Dealing with Teenage Behavior

How much do you like playing tug of war?         Dear Dr. Vicki:      I have a 15 yr old daughter, 12 year old son and a 9 month old little girl. My oldest daughter has always been head strong and demanding, so her teenage issues seemed like “typical” stuff. My 12 year old son who was always the laid-back/ helpful, wants to please son is now morphing into a child who is disrespectful,... 

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How many teens does it take to change a light bulb??

October 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Parenting, Teenagers/Tweens

That was the question I posted on Facebook and Twitter. And what started out as a joke, turned into a very interesting set of responses and conversation. Belinda’s response: One, he holds the light bulb and expects the world to revolve around him. That was what I was going to say. So, then I offered these two: 12—they always travel in groups; and, “Huh?” Levi’s idea: None they know if they... 

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Ask Dr. Vicki: Self Soothing

June 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Ask Dr. Vicki

QUESTION: I recently read an article you wrote about babies and self-soothing. It was sent to me by the mother of my first grandchild. I am a bit concerned about her interpretation of the self soothing techniques you mentioned. Is it necessary for a 10 week old baby to cry for 15 to 20 minutes, multiple times each day to self-sooth? And during these self-soothing times is it advisible to leave the... 

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Giving Teens A Chance: Is Curvy The New Skinny?

Thin is not in at Paris Fashion Week (as seen on ‘omg! from Yahoo’) After many years of international criticism over the apparent unhealthiness of the skinny models chosen to walk the runways at the fashion world’s most elite shows in New York, Milan, and Paris, designers seem to finally be coming around to the idea of diversity in who models their clothes. While the ethnic diversity... 

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