07/31/2014 12:43 pm ET Updated Jul 31, 2014

Teaching A Child To Wrangle, Not Reject, Rage

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My elementary-age daughter wants to wear a skimpy skirt to school. I make her change. My middle-school son who recently smoked marijuana wants to hang out with a friend. I say no. I refuse to sign consent for my 16-year-old to get a tattoo. What do I get? Angry children who may persist until I’m mad in both senses of the word. “Parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I’m not talking about the kids,” said Bill Cosby.

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