This one goes out to all of my fellow parents of teenagers, with love and respect.
God, grant me the serenity to accept that the only difference between teens and psychopaths is that most teens eventually change,
The courage to smile around gritted teeth and ground the offender,
And the wisdom not to smother anyone in their sleep no matter how tempting.
I’m not saying that things won’t change, because—as ever—my mantra is “this too shall pass,” I’m just saying that right now we are realizing that things are pretty off-kilter around here, and it’s time to find that missing balance. That turns out to take a lot of time and energy (who knew?) and resolve.
It’s almost like being a parent is hard, or something. Huh.