I’m working on appreciating the child rearing rapids more, secure in the knowledge that moments of calm are ahead. I know there is beauty in both.
Reality sets in when your kid slides behind the wheel. Having a teen driver can turn a laid-back parent into a hand-wringing, nail-biting nervous nelly.
“It’s weird how all of my firsts are happening at school,” she said. “I always thought you would be with me the first time I did anything and this will be my first time riding a bus, flying on an airplane or going to a baseball game.”
When you watch 13 Reasons Why (it’s more detailed and different from the book), it will (hopefully) start a discussion about the tough topics with your teens. Whether they’re 13 or 18, they’re either going to be dealing with ALL of these issues or already have.
After successfully navigating prom season with three daughters who attended a combined seven proms, I began a new chapter of parenting, this time from the boy’s perspective, despite his very best efforts to keep me in the dark.