Here’s another one I just dug out of my journal, to add to the others I’ve collected. From Monday, May 10, 2004:
Last Thursday, a mother called me at work to ask for advice about getting her teenage son in line. After listening to her litany of complaints about all the awful things he’d done, I started explaining that she seemed to have given up her authoritative role and needed to take it back. Ironically, she cut me off to suggest that I talk to her roommate instead, because the roommate spends more time with her kids than she does. I told her no, and that it was her priority to teach him immediately that she was in charge. She sounded disappointed.
Notice what all three of my posts have been about today. Gee, I wonder what’s on my mind?