Childrearing

STFU Parents: On Crushing Children’s Spirits — And Their Parents’ Spirits, Too

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4. Punk Kids

STFU Parents

Hmm, are kids jerks, or are overly sensitive parents jerks? Everyone knows that teenagers are assholes; it’s part of their job description. But it’s the parent’s job to teach their kid not to care if someone doesn’t wave back at them. Sure, it’s a bummer, but that’s how kids learn to survive without caring what others think. Someday Becky’s little girl will be that willful teen who has no interest in talking to a toddler — and that’s okay. If only Becky and her friends stopped fixating on what others do, maybe they could finally grow up, too.

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