Keep your cool.
You asked a simple question: Are you going to be warm enough outside in that flimsy jacket? But your teen turned on you as if you’d started World War III. Maybe she told you to leave her alone. Maybe she said she hates you. Or maybe she screamed something we can’t even print. No one could blame you for returning fire—but try not to. Stay calm, but feel free to express yourself. “You can tell them that hurts and you hear they are angry. You can ask them if they would like to tell you why they are so upset,” suggests Kester. “But understand that they are expressing frustration and displeasure, not an actual feeling towards you.”
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