I Became a Better Parent When I Stopped Blaming Myself for My Teens’ Choices


I became a better parent the moment I stopped blaming myself for my children’s choices and realized that it was not all about me. I also became a better parent when I stopped watching Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.

A bad day with my kids used to be fixed with a trip to the ice cream store. (Twenty20 @Hayley_Alexander)

It used to be easy to fix a bad day

I have a 15, 16 and 17-year-old. Yikes. Life used to consist of Pokemon cards and water balloon fights. A bad day could be fixed with a trip to the ice cream shop and if life was really bad, rainbow sprinkles usually made it all better. A hug and time at the beach and we were ready to move on.

Things got harder when my kids became teens

Then came the teenage years…

I used to find myself anticipating the phone ringing, this would happen on Monday mornings after the kids had been out and about in the community being teenagers. I…

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