"All I ever think about is whether my niece is popular, thin and happy enough," semi-insane publicity bitch and plastic surgery enthusiast Peggy Siegal tells Bob Morris in an article about over-involved parents and relatives who insist on making their teens' lives even more miserable than they might be otherwise. "One mother I know nags her daughter to lose weight," Morris writes, "Another tells her son to let his hair grow longer. Yet another encourages her daughter to stay friendly with popular girls who aren't nice. Today, when parents want to be their child's friends, stylists and social directors, the critiquing can be as brutal as it is in school." Although this article resides with all the other trendlets in Sunday Styles, parental meddling is nothing new. Several girls on my hall in college were subjected to constant haranguing about losing the freshman 15.
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