From: Preteen Parent
How do I survive a moody 12-year-old daughter without damaging our relationship (or killing her)? I find it very hard to allow her the power to ruin a family event even a meal with her gloom. Some days she is a pure delight (engaged, happy, articulate, intelligent) and the next day she is silent, sullen and distant. It is taking a lot for me not to respond negatively to it. Help!
To: Preteen Parent
Ah, hormones. Clearly, your daughter has entered adolescence with all of its attending angst and agita. According to specialists, this...