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Excerpt: Linda Friedland Shares Advice From Whatever, Mom! Body Piercings and Other Power Struggles

Whatever, Mom!Linda Friedland published her teenager parenting guide earlier this year and shared an excerpt from Whatever, Mom!: Body Piercings and Other Power Struggles with City Press. In the excerpt Friendland shares advice on self-entitled teens and how to encourage face-to-face time with your children.

Q: Why are our teens so self-entitled?
Have we created a ‘me monster’?
Son: I don’t think that was my best soccer game. I didn’t manage to play so well.
Mom: What are you talking about? You were superb, as always! You are the champion in that team.

What’s happened in the last 20 years that has led us to a state of such an overinflated and inappropriate sense of entitlement, particularly among our children? According to Dr Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University in the US, ‘an extremely inflated view of self and an overblown sense of entitlement’ nowadays seem to define a whole generation of so-called normal individuals, rather than a medical or psychiatric state, to which it refers.

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