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others, interrupted each other, veered off onto new angles without warning, argued, sought confrontation,
and disagreed. At the end, names and a minimum of personal information exchanged expressed the hope
of seeing each other again...
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I: I‘ll make you a copy.
Transcript 3: September, 2008, interviewed in person in Laguna Beach, CA
I: Okay, we are here on Sept. 13th with E.S.
I: Thank you so much for taking the time today.
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and my child has been blessed and gifted with the ability to sing beautifully and she now
attends the Orange County High School of the Arts in the music and theatre company. My
step daughter J is 19 and she is my...
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certain songs, watch certain TV programs and I know for the longest time it really worked
and I remember telling Amy when she was really little telling her ‗you are not going to be
able to do things that other...
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I: Now did you ever feel pressure to conform to the consumer culture in any way, or did you
feel you had to dig in your heels even more because he would go to the opposite extremes.
E: Oh yeah, you know, when she was...
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E: Sometimes I want to go back in that respect. Well it‘s kind of you know, a coward‘s way
out to not have that option. Not that our lives are complicated, but my response to things
was just so much simpler. It just...
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E: Yeah she‘s almost twenty. And so she‘s the one who had the five hundred dollar Coach
wallets and anything she wanted and it was her mom and her grandparents who would buy
these things for her. John is very very...
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I: Because he doesn‘t give her enough responsibility.
E: No, she doesn‘t have any.
I: She doesn‘t take responsibility for herself. He takes responsibility for her.
E: The biggest thing is the manipulation, the...
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I: Exactly. Okay so we‘ve covered the questions as far as struggles with raising your children
with values and responsibilities. Do you have anything else you want to say with that. It
seems that in some ways your...
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E: You do what you can, you control what you can in your own environment. I left the
door open, you know, Amy could talk to me about anything and I tried her whole life to
answer her as honestly as possible for whatever...
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You can never be prepared for what they ask you. She asked me once what the difference
was between making love and sex.
I: What age?
E: She was probably in, oh she was in fifth grade. She was in fifth grade. And I...
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I: No it was a very good answer. Now do you teach values to your children, is that
something that you teach. Do you have some kind of curriculum, do you rely on what your
faith teaches, church or how?
E: Yes. When Amy...