10 Things Your Teen Wishes You Knew


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Accept Me
Everyone wants to accepted for themselves.
Everyone wants to accepted for themselves.
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If you're not at odds with your teenagers -- at least occasionally -- you're probably in the minority. After all, there are plenty of things to argue about: hemlines, hairstyles, curfews, texting limits and, of course, homework. Whether your teen is a high academic achiever or has grades dipping into the D-zone, researchers says the No. 1 issue families fight about is schoolwork.

If you're wondering what this has to do with acceptance, the answer is "everything." You might not like the fact that your teenager takes twice as long to do her homework because she's flipping between her books and her Facebook page. But, if she's still managing to complete her academic tasks, it's time to accept her method.

The same goes for the myriad other things you could argue about, like how to load the dishwasher or fold the laundry. It's fine for your teenager to do things differently. Just remind yourself (we secretly chant this phrase Om-style in our heads when our teenagers are around): There's more than one way to do things.

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