Antidote Respect Caring Reverence

"You don't have a clue, Mom. Don't you know anything?"

Dear Dr. Borba,

I hate to admit this, but my once-charming twelve year old has become a nightmare. He's an incredible student who gets wonderful grades, but is flunking respect and courtesy. If somebody ever heard the way he talks to me, I'd die. I know he can be nice, because he is usually polite to other adults. I, on the other hand, would like to palm him off to the neighbors. How do I get my old kid back?

—-Jenna W, a mom from Vancouver, British Columbia


"Grandma, you're too old to know what I'm talking about!"

"Yeah right, as if I'd take advice from you!"

"Get real! You're so out of it, I can't believe you ever had a boyfriend."

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