The Partnership gives a warm welcome to guest blogger Jenny Runkel! Jenny is a mother of two children, ages 11 and 13, and is the co-founder and director of content for The ScreamFree Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping families stay calm and connected.
A woman named Kerry wrote in to our website , asking for help with her 16-year-old son Derek. He was suddenly developing a new set of friends. She wrote, “I don’t know these kids very well, but they look like an intimidating bunch with all of their tattoos and black T-shirts. I’m afraid that Derek will become just like them and start doing all sorts of wrong things.”
I had to tell Kerry something a bit unsettling. The one thing she could do to ensure that these friendships continued or even escalated was to be diametrically opposed to them.
Yep. The more she reacted to the body piercings and tattoos, the more her son would