“Raising teenagers is like nailing Jello to a tree.”
“Grandchildren are the reward for surviving your child’s adolescence.”
They’re funny because they have the ring of familiarity and the hint of truth. But for parents and teenagers caught in the throes of this tumultuous period of growth and change, it can be difficult to find the humor.
Parents grieve the loss of their sweet, loving children who couldn’t wait to tell Mom and Dad every detail of their days at school or activities with friends. They don’t know how to approach the morose stranger who only wants to be left alone in her room, except when she wants a ride to the mall. Or whether their simple questions about the day, an expression of interest and affection, will be met with insults and rage.
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