McNerney: Dealing with Arguments and Whining

You’re sitting down to dinner with your family, and your 12-year-old daughter innocently asks, “Can I go over to Julia’s on Friday night?” This seems like a simple request, but the last time you said yes, you later found out that your daughter went over to another friend’s house instead. So, you answer, “No, not this weekend.” Your daughter, naturally, asks, “Why?”

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