Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Burying Your Goldfish Will Help Your Teen

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Parents and teens may not see eye-to-eye, but one writer is trying to help parents get their messages across.

Louise Nayer, with friend Virginia Lang, has come out with How To Bury A Goldfish: And Other Ceremonies for Everyday Life (Skinner), and she believes that performing small ceremonies, like flushing a goldfish down the toilet, father-son journeys, or celebratory haircuts with your angsty teens will keep them from becoming depressed and withdrawn.

Nayer says, “We celebrate small children all the time, but for teens, this is important because they see you take time and do something that’s important to them. Kids are in danger if we do nothing.”

And Nayer says that even rebellious teens who seem like they’re not responding feel the love through special ceremonies or gifts.

Nayer once gave her daughter a book filled with pictures of their memories, and although her teen shrugged off the gift, Nayer knows it had an impact on her.

She states, “I caught her thumbing through the book, so I know it makes a difference to her.”

How To Bury A Goldfish is on shelves now.

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