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Parent and teenager; Parent-student counselor relationships;


Wendy is a parent of a 12-year-old who has a lot of freedom and few responsibilities. When people respond to Wendy's frustration concerning her son's behavior with the suggestion of a few ground rules, Wendy throws up her hands and says, "He won't listen to me. What can I do? He's bigger than I am. It's easier to just do it myself." Sue has twin seventh grade daughters with whom she has established a pretty good relationship. "My only complaint is the kitchen. We all use it. I can't stand it being a mess, but I'm the only one who feels that way. It seems the only time the girls pitch in is when I'm on the verge of flipping out about it.". Mike has always felt close to his son. ''.Suddenly Matt hit adolescence and I hardly know him. He really used to share a lot, but now I can barely get one word answers from him. I feel completely shut out of his life.". The above scenarios represent typical concerns parents have about their adolescents. Talk to any parent of an 11 - 14 year old and you're likely to hear words like frustration, fear, guilt, anger, anxiety and discomfort. Previously cooperative children suddenly become rebellious and rude. As illustrated by the first situation, it is also common for children who were once easy to control to suddenly take the upper hand (Bluestein, 1993).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Ann Vernon


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