'I DON'T WANT TO ...'

MOST PARENTS are very familiar with the phrase "learn to pick your battles." As the mother of a teenage daughter, I know I've had many opportunities to practice this advice.

There are certainly times when a parent's insistence on his or her view of a situation seems unquestionable—like wearing a coat outside on a cold day, or putting a seatbelt on in the car. But there are also times when parents can be so sure of their opinion that they—and their child—may miss out on valuable life-lessons.

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