Monday, March 21, 2011

Pick a Secret Password and More Tips on Raising Teens

Bedford-Kantonah (Bedford, NY) March 18, 2011

"A mother’s simple gesture – an embrace – rebuffed by her 11-year-old child can only mean one thing: welcome to the rollercoaster ride of angst and drama known as the teenage years.
For psychotherapist Elizabeth Driscoll Jorgensen, that moment came in church when her daughter recoiled so unmercifully from an attempted hug that the mother of four knew, 'something was bugging my kid.'
In fact, something was bothering her daughter. 'Mom, I don’t know what it is but lately everything you do is embarrassing me,' Jorgensen recalled her eldest saying. 'Everything you say, and stuff, I just can’t stand it … [I]t’s not just hugging in church, it’s everything – the way you talk, your clothes. Mommy, you dress like a freak, you know.'
Knowing laughter filled the Harvey School’s arts center in Katonah Tuesday night where more than 50 parents attended Jorgensen’s 'Delay Your Gray' workshop hosted by the parents’ association." Read More

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