I recently lamented to a friend of mine about my challenges starting a parenting blog. “I’d be a better parenting blogger if my 14-year-old would just misbehave a little more!” Needless to say, my friend howled with laughter at my comment—I mean, who *wants* their teenager to act up more?!
I guess it was kind of ridiculous to want a more challenging teenager just so I have fodder for my writing. And it’s not like my teen never annoys me or pushes my buttons. It’s just that she is pretty even-tempered, reasonable, and we have very open communication between us. Both my kids are pretty easy to parent, and while I generally think I won the genetic lotto jackpot, I think some of it can actually be chalked up to—gasp—my parenting. [Read more…]