I once heard a joke on the James Dobson show. The guest said that when a child turns 12 you lock him/her in a barrel with a small opening, and when he/she turns 13, you stop up the hole. That expresses the frustration we parents feel while trying to navigate those sensitive years.
I was a difficult teen at times too. When my mother got me a ride to school, I took issue with the family I didn’t know and refused to talk. Mother told me they wondered if I hated them, and that wasn’t far from the truth. It’s embarrassing to think how rudely I acted.
She’s offering tips on managing our almost-grown-up kids.