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American Program BureauDo you ever feel like talking with your teenager is just an exercise in frustration? That no matter what you say, it's the wrong thing? That sometimes it seems that your teen just speaks a different language? If you answered "yes" to any of these, then this presentation is perfect for you. Head over to Beaver Country Day School to hear renowned psychologist and parenting expert, Dr. Anthony Wolf, speak about his most popular topic: teenagers, and how to deal with them. His presentation will address some of the biggest issues facing parents today, including why all teenagers develop a temporary allergy to their parents; issues of teen growth and development including puberty, sex, bullycide, and peer pressure with alcohol and drugs; teen phrases, and why teens continually use certain expressions, such as "I hate you" and "itís not fair," and how to decode the true meaning of these messages; the importance of saying "no" and following rules of disengagement with teens, why ending the conversation and "shutting up" is a win-win situation for both parent and child; youth culture, and why it is crucial to be well educated about the impact video games and other electronic devices have had on learning styles (positive and negative), and the role of social networking in stemming the loneliness inherent during the teen years; and more. Dr. Wolf is the author of five books on parenting, and appears frequently on television as well as being quoted in national magazines on issues of parenting. Wed. Nov. 28, 7 p.m. Free. RSVP is required. www.eventbrite.com/event/1338993967/es2/?rank=1 "Parenting Strategies for the 21st Century," Beaver Country Day School, 791 Hammond St., Chestnut Hill.
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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a kindergartner and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.