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This creative genius never disappears, even in those times when family income is shrinking rather than expanding. But in tough times, it is especially important that family members remember to communicate with each other in positive rather than negative ways. This is not easy to do, of course, Parents flush with money still find it difficult to keep their cool when faced with what may seem like a teen-ager's insatiable demand for the latest clothing or shoes so that the youngster can fit in with everyone else at school. In the best of times, $75 or $100 or $125 basketball shoes may seem excessive to a parent. In a year when net family income is hovering at or near nothing, a request for such luxury items can easily drive a parent to the edge of distraction.