Patricia Papernow

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I'm not even sure the phrase 'boyfriend-girlfriend' is used anymore. I hear 'dating' rather than 'boyfriend' or 'girlfriend.' . Have an attitude that is curious, not anxious, so your child knows you're just trying to understand. Try saying something like, I notice you call my boyfriend my friend and I bet there's a good reason for why you do that,' . Ask them if they know why they do that, and if they don't know or want time to think, tell them you can talk again tomorrow. Some kids are good at talking about their feelings and others aren't.feedback
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May 16 2017
This page is completely dedicated to what Patricia Papernow has to say. All of Patricia Papernow’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Patricia Papernow came from an article called Friend or boyfriend: What should kids call a divorced parent’s new partner?: “Kids do what they need to do. Our society is pretty Puritan, and kids, especially older ones, don't want to think about what their parents are doing behind closed doors. Saying 'boyfriend' or 'girlfriend' might feel a little more sexual. It's just easier to say 'mom's friend' rather than thinking about their mother dating. It happened naturally. There was never much focus on it and we let them choose the names they were comfortable with. We didn't make a big deal of it, so the kids grew up not knowing any differently.”.
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