Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mom's Actions Show 'Parenting at Its Best'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mom's Actions Show 'Parenting at Its Best'

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John Rosemond will present two lectures, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 11730 St. Augustine Road in Jacksonville. Tickets are $10 for each lecture or $17 for both. Tickets are on sale at the door and at St. Joseph's Catholic School office, 11600 St. Augustine Road, from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. today and tomorrow. Call (904) 268-6688.

As my regular readers know, I occasionally pass on examples of "Parenting at its Best" -- true-life accounts of parenting courage, resourcefulness and tenacity under fire. I hope these stories entertain, but my overriding aim is to inspire parents to take whatever child-rearing "bulls" they are dealing with by the horns and bring 'em to the ground. So, with that in mind, I offer yet another tale of "Parenting at its Best," one related to me by a good friend and pediatrician.

The child in question is a fairly typical 14-year-old girl who is giving her single, working mom "fits" by -- among a host of other similarly charming things for which children this age are known so well -- sassing, rolling her eyes, huffing, mumbling under her breath. This stereotypical behavior is why, whenever someone tells me they are living with a child between 12 and 16, my general response is "My sympathies."

On a day not so long ago, this teenager asked her mother permission to do something her mother, being of sound values, felt was inappropriate. In response to her mother's refusal and subsequent to-the-point explanation, the child became agitated and burst forth with "Momma! You're just crazy!!!" This was immediately followed with a loud, prolonged vocal explosion that sounded like a cross between a scream and the gutteral growl of a werewolf that has selected its victim and is about to pounce.

Mom, refusing to take the bait, walks calmly away, and the child, after stomping around and making her displeasure known with as much "loud" body language as possible, departs the house for school. …

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