Behind the Door: Teen Privacy, Monitoring, and Trust

Round about our son’s thirteenth birthday, doors started closing. Any room he occupies, if that room has a door, that door is closed. The bathroom, of course, I have no problem with. Shut away, my good man. But his bedroom, the study – there’s always a couple inches of wood between my boy and the…

Is it OK to Shout at Your Kids?

Last Friday morning, I made my six-year-old son cry. Not just a quiet tear or two, but that gasping, rasping weeping that tells you they’re truly upset. How did I make him cry? I shouted at him. Why did I shout at him? Well, here’s the story. School days. When the kids have to go…