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My Silver Lining

At this moment, my husband is teaching our 16-year-old son to play guitar.  Three weeks ago, our son wouldn't have been interested, but now that we're quarantined and following the CDC rules, everyone is more open to new things to do.  I'm trying to find the silver lining in all of this and for me, that's having extra time with my teen who will be leaving for college in two years.  I wanted to slow time down, and now, that's exactly what's happened.

It's not easy to be a teen in quarantine with parents, especially when some other high schoolers are breaking the rules and are out and about.  But we're trying to make the most of it.  We do indoor exercise videos.  We cook together more.  I suggested he take up some new hobbies and that's when he decided to learn the guitar, which his dad plays.  Now they're having a good time working on it together and my heart warms.  Embrace and cherish the moment, parents!

Because of you, Dr. Laura, I'm a better parent and wife.  After listening to you, I realized that my husband would step up and be the alpha male father if I stepped back and let him.  You were absolutely right.  Our boy needs to be guided by an alpha male, and each day, I see him getting closer to manhood as a good, respectable person.

Tags: Attitude, Behavior, Raising Boys to Men, Stress, Teens, Values
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