Laura S. Kastner, Ph.D., author of Wise-Minded Parenting
OWL (Offer of Wise-Minded Learning): “Let It Be” Day
Taking time out from nagging
Kids often feel like parents constantly nag them, and they can be right. Give both of you a break by declaring an anti-nagging day. For this day, you will, under no circumstances, nag your teen about anything. If you absolutely must remind her about something, you will do it with the utmost politeness, deference, humor and solicitude. But ideally, you won’t even remind. For most parents, this can be difficult, but do whatever you need to do to keep this single day nag-free. Why not download the Beatles tune, “Let it Be,” and play it throughout the day, for you and for your children? When they ask you what you are up to, you can tell them that you are taking a “Let it Be” day.