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#1 of 3 Old 04-12-2005, 10:37 AM - Thread Starter
 
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We have a 10.5 yo dd, and she is driving dh nuts. He wouldn't listen when I said that everything she was doing was perfectly normal for her age (though not necessarily acceptable). Well, I got a book from the library, Your Ten to Fourteen Year Old (there's a whole series of them), and dd is, according to that book, a stereotypical eleven yo developmentally. I got dh to read the relevant bits of the book, and he came to me and said "it describes her perfectly".

Bingo!!! Now I think he understands a bit better. Not to say that she is to get away with the bad behaviour, but that there is a biological reason for it, and she's not doing it just to annoy him.
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That's an amazingly important distinction (explanation v. excuse), and applicable to soooooooooooooo many issues. Thanks for being an awesome person and keeping it in mind.
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