If your 4-year-old gets sassy at the dinner table, what do you do? And what do you do when your teen starts missing curfew? How can you tell if you are taking your discipline techniques too far or not far enough? Short, Ph D, associate director of the Schubert Center at Case Western Reserve University, says, "In America, we tend not to be strict enough, and everyone wants to be friends with kids." But being too strict is risky because it could undermine their efforts to do the right thing.
Could parents feel the same way about having their kids around that teacher. Yet if there has been no involvement while a student there would be no legal reason against dating or marriage.
"They are eager to please and worried about parental approval," Short says, "so you end up with kids that are anxious and indecisive.