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Teacher Lesson Return to "The Parent Trap"
The Parent Trap
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Lesson for “The Parent Trap”

Some parents scream when their children break curfew. Others turn into quiet but methodical detectives. The author, in “The Parent Trap”, describes the many ways that kids and parents fail to understand each other.

Prompts for discussion and/or writing:

—When you break curfew (or break other rules) how do your parents react? What is their “style” of reacting?

—What major conflicts do you have with your parents? Are you able to resolve them? Why or why not?

—Do you want your parents to more strict or less strict? Why?

—How could you and your parents work together to resolve your conflicts? What could you do on your en? What could they do on theirs?

Roleplay: two teens, playing a youth and a parent. Ask teen volunteers to act out the various ways that parents and kids react to conflicts. Use the roleplays for a discussion about how communication can be improved.
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(NYC-2002-12-21)

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