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Don’t wait for teen years to draw the line

Beth Teitell’s article “Violent video games put parental judgment to the test” (Page A1, Jan. 8) brought me back. The thing is, you can’t start saying no to this stuff once a kid has reached his teen years. Well, you can, but the conflicts and arguments will be tougher than ever. You have to start saying no EARLY.

From the early years, kids are going to test you, and demand things they shouldn’t have, or want the “it” item because their friend has one. Saying NO early on, and walking away from the little pouting face, sets the boundaries, and using certain phrases lets children know who’s in charge.

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