Straight Talk Advice

Mar 22, 2006

Dad follows instincts to curb daughter’s D’s

Dear Straight Talk: You’ve been covering the idea of what it means to be a man. For me, it means standing up for what I believe. It means not being afraid to tell people what they need to hear.

Here’s an example: My 16-year-old recently came home with three D’s. I thought about talking to her, using encouraging words, telling her she could do better, etc., but my instincts were telling me to take action. I followed my instincts. After confiscating her cell phone, I sat down with her at her computer and made her delete each aspect of her MySpace profile. I was not angry, just firm. I told her when her grades improved, she could rebuild her profile and have her phone back. Now she has four hours of extra time each day to get her homework done, not to mention incentive.—El Dorado Hills Dad

Dear Dad: Should all teens be so lucky. You took the bull by the horns. Most teens don’t know how to control the time they spend online and on their cells. The medium is entrancing enough to have detrimental effects if left unchecked. It’s a parent’s job to set boundaries. Thanks for a great example of “handling it like a man”.


Comment Form

Straight Talk Advice readers are known for their frank and constructive posts that lead to insightful conversations that help many people! Please keep these guidelines in mind when posting:

  • Be constructive: Needlessly cruel or obscene comments will probably be removed. Be conscious of this so your point can be heard.
  • Be relevant: Spam or senseless character attacks irrelevant to the discussion will also probably be removed.

Happy posting!

Straight Talk Advice Recommends