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Monday, 29 November 2010

Letters on Parental Expectations Part I: Parent to Teen

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The Wrong Way

Dear Johnny,
I'm really disappointed in you. I can't believe that you got yourself drunk at that party. What you did was really stupid! What were you thinking?Maybe you weren't thinking.

Maybe it's just those guys that you hang out with. I thought that I had raised you better and had taught you to think for yourself. I guess I was wrong.


The Write Way

Dear Johnny,
I'm not exactly sure what happened last night. It sounds like it was a party that got out of hand.

I want to sit down with you and talk about it. I want to hear your side of the story.

But I also want to tell you what my expectations are. I'm uncomfortable with you going to parties where people are drinking because you're underage. I know that it's normal to want to experiment with alcohol but I expect you to exercise good judgment. This means that you don't get drunk, and that you never drive after you've been drinking. Never. There is no compromise on this point because it's against the law and too many people have been injured because of drunk drivers. Don't let yourself become a statistic.

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Use at least several of the following principles:
Don't blame. Use "I" statements instead of "you did/are this…" statements. State your expectations clearly.

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