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  • Adolescence is a border between childhood and adulthood. Like all borders, it's teeming with energy and fraught with danger.
    Mary Pipher (20th century), U.S. clinical psychologist. Reviving Ophelia, ch. 15 (1994).

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  • One important reason to stay calm is that calm parents hear more. Low-key, accepting parents are the ones whose children keep talking.
    Mary Pipher (20th century), U.S. clinical psychologist. Reviving Ophelia, ch. 15 (1994).

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  • Adolescence is when girls experience social pressure to put aside their authentic selves and to display only a small portion of their gifts.
    Mary Pipher (20th century), U.S. clinical psychologist. Reviving Ophelia, ch. 1 (1994).
  • Traditionally parents have wondered what their teens were doing, but now teens are much more likely to be doing things that can get them killed.
    Mary Pipher (20th century), U.S. clinical psychologist. Reviving Ophelia, ch. 1 (1994).
  • It's important for parents to watch for trouble and convey to their daughters that, if it comes, they are strong enough to deal with it. Parents who send their [adolescent] daughters the message that they'll be overwhelmed by problems aren't likely to hear what's really happening.
    Mary Pipher (20th century), U.S. clinical psychologist. Reviving Ophelia, ch. 15 (1994).
  • Maturity involves being honest and true to oneself, making decisions based on a conscious internal process, assuming responsibility for one's decisions, having healthy relationships with others and developing one's own true gifts. It involves thinking about one's environment and deciding what one will and won't accept.
    Mary Pipher (20th century), U.S. clinical psychologist. Reviving Ophelia, ch. 13 (1994).
  • Adolescents are travelers, far from home with no native land, neither children nor adults. They are jet-setters who fly from one country to another with amazing speed. Sometimes they are four years old, an hour later they are twenty-five. They don't really fit anywhere. There's a yearning for place, a search for solid ground.
    Mary Pipher (20th century), U.S. clinical psychologist. Reviving Ophelia, ch. 3 (1994).

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  • Most parents of adolescent girls have the goal of keeping their daughters safe while they grow up and explore the world. The parents' job is to protect, the daughter's job is to explore.
    Mary Pipher (20th century), U.S. clinical psychologist. Reviving Ophelia, ch. 1 (1994).

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