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9 Things That (May) Scar Your Kid For Life

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Avoid Last-Minute Goodbyes

You're driving your student to school and everyone's in a great mood—but when you get there your child gets quiet and cranky. She demands to hop out of the car early, or runs off without so much as goodbye. What did you do? Absolutely nothing! Your child just doesn't want to be seen with you. Virtually all kids of a certain age will disown their parents the minute their friends are in sight.

Don't yell after your little one, especially within earshot of the other kids. This will deepen her embarrassment and could cause anger and resentment. Just let her go. There's no last-minute instruction that's so important that you have to risk a meltdown of mortification.