Not long ago I Dr. Townsend took my kids and some of their friends to a major league baseball game for an outing. While we were watching the game, a young boy sitting behind us was making everyone miserable. He was out of control, loud, and rude. His parents did try to manage him, but their efforts were ineffective.
They'd prefer to jump over them into adulthood. But that's not reality. During these times, our teens need us to be there for them, through their best and worst times. Regardless of what they do, our sons and daughters need to know we love them — unconditionally.
Boundaries help promote healthy romantic relationships and avoid toxic ones so teach your children well from an early age. The stories are everywhere — women and a few men speaking their truth to abusive male power as the MeToo movement rolls on. As the parent of two teen daughters, I am glad much light and sound are finally being shed on this topic.
Isobel, a student at Chiswick Community School, suffered a cardiac arrest and died at her friend's house party at the home of academic Brian Dodgeon and his partner, charity manager Angela Hadjipateras, in the early hours of 23 April. She and others at the party are understood to have taken drugs, thought to include ecstasy, ketamine, LSD and amphetamines. Dodgeon and Hadjipateras had left the house, allowing their daughter Rebecca to have the party.