How Do We Get Rid of Our Teenage Daughter’s Gun Safe?

Our 15-year-old daughter may be very headstrong. She’s by no means been in actual bother, however she bristles towards guidelines and authority: curfews, homework, applicable clothes — you title it! Recently, she exploded when her youthful brothers found her journal within the household room. Now, she retains it locked in a heavy black field she discovered at a secondhand retailer. The drawback: The black field seems to be a gun protected! (A pal of my husband instructed us.) We’re not nervous that she has a gun; she helped set up a college rally to tighten our state’s gun legal guidelines. But she refuses to surrender the protected, and we don’t need it in our home. Help!


Conflicts with adolescents could be like countless video games of tug of struggle. And the older (and stronger) they change into, the much less probably a winner is to emerge. It sounds as in case your daughter was actually upset that her brothers invaded the privateness of her diary. Still, as mother and father of minor kids, it’s your proper — and duty, truly — to set cheap limits about what occurs in your house.

Bear with me now: Stop tugging on that rope! Acknowledge your daughter’s legitimate misery and ask her that will help you remedy your drawback with the gun protected in gentle of your shared philosophy about weapons. Let her stash the diary elsewhere when you take away the protected, then negotiate a safety system for her that wasn’t constructed for weapons.

More vital, use this chance that’s fallen into your lap to speak together with your kids about weapons. Start by asking if she knew what the gun protected was. (I wouldn’t have!) If none of your kids are very younger, go deeper: Ask them about gun violence and their sense of security. Let them take the lead. You and your husband will help them synthesize their ideas. That’s in all probability extra helpful than any top-down declarations by you, and it might be the kind of significant give-and-take that your daughter responds to.

A pal makes her house obtainable for short-term leases through the summer time. She crashes with me when she has paying visitors. At first, I loved the corporate. Now, she drops off her baggage in my visitor room and goes out to dinner with buddies — with out together with me! My harm emotions have turned to resentment. Should I converse to her in regards to the discourtesy of excluding me, or ought to I simply ask for a lower of her rental cash?


Money hardly ever solves harm emotions. Still, it’s typically floated as a attainable repair. Would you actually really feel higher in case your pal handed you a verify as she waltzed out to dinner — leaving you at house? No, you’ve launched cash, I believe, as a penalty for emotional bruising.

But you’ll do higher by being open together with your pal. Tell her it hurts to be excluded from dinners when she’s staying with you. Ask in case you can be part of her. Now, there’s at all times a threat in making ourselves weak: She could say no! But if she agrees, you’ll have solved the very drawback that’s bothering you. Bull’s-eye!

I used to be raised by no means to seem empty-handed at social occasions. I wish to deliver meals for the hosts’ desk, and I at all times ask what may match with their menu. Recently, we went to a dinner at an aunt’s home. I requested if I might deliver a dish. She stated it wasn’t needed. When I repeated my supply, she requested for crudité and hummus — which she by no means served. I discovered later that she was insulted that I introduced meals. How can I keep away from a state of affairs like this sooner or later?


Try listening higher! I really like your generosity, however your aunt in all probability wasn’t offended by the supply of meals. She was extra probably put out that you just ignored her reply and continued in asking what you could possibly deliver. Some folks like getting ready dinners on their very own — right down to the final crumb. Let them!

The subsequent time a bunch refuses your supply of meals, deliver a small present for use later: some fancy olive oil or a thriving pot of spearmint. You can respect the spirit of your upbringing, I believe, with out being bossy about it.

I work at a regulation faculty. Periodically, colleagues ship “all employees” emails, comparable to: “Jane had an article accepted for publication.” I’m pleased to obtain them. What I’m not pleased about is the barrage of “reply all” messages congratulating her. Why do folks do that? If they wish to congratulate Jane, write to Jane.


People who click on “reply all” are typically much less email-savvy, in my expertise. It’s laborious to begrudge well-meaning folks for that. They could not have thought of that they’re littering your inbox with anodyne messages to 3rd events: “Brava, Jane!” (Or maybe they’re lazy and don’t wish to search for Jane’s electronic mail.)

You will in all probability come off badly, although — as grouchy and pedantic — in case you attempt to right folks within the electronic mail chain. Ask an workplace administrator to recommend a cleaner strategy for employees emails: addressed to a single particular person with the remainder of the workforce blind copied. This prevents you from receiving a flurry of messages for another person.

For assist together with your awkward state of affairs, ship a query to [email protected], to Philip Galanes on Facebook or @SocialQPhilip on Twitter.



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