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(#125) Jane: Tag dodgeball advice
A: Thatís an excellent--and timely--question. I believe that whether youíve done right or wrong--you should own it. Xena taught me that.
If I hit someone with a ball, itís almost always on purpose--because I have great aim--and Iím straight up about why I did it (ďThatís for taping over my favorite show!Ē). If I did hit someone by accident, I would never, ever wimp out by pretending, hiding, or anything like that.
People who canít own up to their actions have gone wrong and need to get back on track. I think Alex is a freak for wearing a cape and calling himself ďSuperAlex,Ē but at least he owns it--Iíll give him that much.
Iím the sort of person who needs things to be even. If someone does something to me and I havenít gotten them back yet, it eats away at me. If that sounds like you, you need to take some kind of action that helps you feel like things are even between you and your stepbrother. Then you can go back to doing fun stuff.
Q: I hit my stepsister with a ball, tried to pretend it was part of a game called ďtag dodgeball,Ē and then ran away to hide. When she got back at me, it really hurt. Where did I go wrong?
A: Pretending and running away. See above.
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