Dear Straight Talk: A dear friend struggling with single parenting called to tell me that his daughter said, “F– you,” to him at dinner. She is 14. I burst out laughing and told him welcome to raising teenagers. He is still mad at me. What should I have said? Isn’t this behavior typical of teens? — Cheryl, Santa Rosa
Kira, 20, Moraga: I probably would have laughed, too! Ouch. Your friend needs to know that his daughter was speaking in the heat of the moment. I’ve never said, “F– you,” to my parents, but I have said, “I hate you.” Most teens have a phase of blaming their parents for making their lives miserable. Eventually they realize it’s for their own good and all is forgiven.
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