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Never let your schooling interfere with your education. ~Mark Twain~
Edited to add another quick thought: my dd really responded to the idea that her hormones will make all her emotions seem magnified. I told her it's not like the hormones actually cause angry feelings (or giggly ones), but they can make it all seem more intense. So sometimes I have to remind her that it's just a magnifying glass and she can still cope.
I like this. It's better than what I told my 10 year old DD right after a particularly nasty epidode with my 12 year old DSD:
"Sophia, you're getting older now and one of the things that's going to happen over the next few years is that you're going to feel an overwhelming physical urge, right down here (I point to my belly) to be an a**hole. It's going to feel like you can't help it. It's going to feel like you won't feel better unless you're mean to someone. It's fine to have strong feelings, but it's not fine to be an a**hole. I would rather you and I talk about what's bothering you than for you to do or say something that could hurt one of the people who loves you. Got it?"
Sigh. Not one of my finer parenting moments.
How did your dd respond?
I've had a few of those "not finer parenting moments" myself lately.
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