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Parents often question why youth no longer wish to do things with them outside the home. It almost seems that youth are embarrassed to be seen with their parents. Dr James Dobson explains one reason why…

“Teenagers are engulfed by a tremendous desire to be adults, and they resent anything which implies that they are still children. When they are seen with “Mommy and Daddy” on a Friday night, for example, their humiliation is almost unbearable. They are not really ashamed of their parents; they are embarrassed by the adult-baby role that was more appropriate in prior years. Though it is difficult for you now, you would do well to accept this healthy aspect of growing up without becoming defensive about it. Your love relationship with your child will be reestablished in a few years, though it will never be a parent-child phenomenon again. And that’s the way God designed the process to work.”

From “Dr- Dobson Answers Your Questions”, by James Dobson, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., a 1982.


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