One Sentence #3: Untangled

One Sentence #3: Untangled

Here’s a quote from Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour:

Discipline should always come with the opportunity to make things right again.

As the title suggests, Untangled is all about supporting girls as they develop into adults. A girl who is contending with adult authority, one of Damour’s seven transitions, might disregard an adult’s instructions and do something inappropriate. A correct response will, of course, involve some sort of discipline, but the discipline needs to be more than simply punishment. It needs to include a learning opportunity, a chance to correct a mistake and grow.

I really enjoyed Untangled. Damour’s perspective as a clinical psychologist who works with teenage girls helped me think about my students in a different way. I look forward to applying new ideas and insights in my future work with my students.

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