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So What You Saying?
Most parents of typical toddlers are constantly challenged, mentally drained, and extremely exhausted. Not much changes when you’re raising teenagers.
Though unlike the “Terrible Two’s,” teenagers are extremely verbal and, while you will still hear the emphatic “No,” are like well-versed little lawyers: ready, willing, and able to defend or plead their case.
Just because they can feed themselves and wipe their own tushies, it doesn’t make you home free. You still worry about what they eat, what they drink, if they play nice with others, and pray they sleep in their own beds.
Taking a page out of my parent’s handbook: “Better late than never.” There really is no excuse not to call or text since their cell phones are — if they’re born after 1990 — practically second skin. However, you’d rather they be late than driving like mad to get home on time. Deep breaths help while you wait.
No, they don’t really hate you, no matter how many times or how convincingly they say it. They just can’t think of anything else as potent to say. The sooner you get used to hearing it, the better.
Not everyone is “doing it, going there, or even allowed to do it.” Teens have been successfully pitting parents against each other for years. Don’t fall for it.
Your parents warned you that you’d have a kid just like you, and they were right. (Don’t ask me how I know.) What they didn’t tell you is that it would be YOU times 100.
Say, “No, you mustn’t,” and no sooner do you turn your back, chances are they’re already doing it. Every. Time. Pick your battles wisely.
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