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A Tough Age

I don't know if it's any harder being a teenager now than it was when I was 15 or 16.  I think in some ways the struggles of adolescence are constant, untouched by changing trends or advances in technology.  In other ways I do think that today's kids have things harder (and maybe easier, too).

All I know for certain is that being the parent of a teen is infinitely harder than being a teen.

My fifteen year-old is hurting tonight, and beyond telling her that I love her, there really isn't much I can do about it.  Nothing I faced when I was 15 is tougher than that.

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sartorias
Jan. 28th, 2011 05:05 am (UTC)
Oh boy don't I know it.

Wishing you the best.
davidbcoe
Jan. 28th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sherwood. She's better today, and she's armed with social skills and emotional and intellectual resources I didn't have at that age. I think she much have gotten them from her mother....
kassidy62
Jan. 28th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
You have my sympathy:) I have a daughter age 13, another age 10, and I have to say I have dreaded those teen hurts for a while now, because I know they're coming.
davidbcoe
Jan. 28th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Kassidy, the teen years have been both easier and harder than I imagined (my daughters are 15 and 11). Easier in that my kids seem far more mature than I was at their age. Harder in that much of the time I'm not half the parent I wish I was.
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davidbcoe
Jan. 28th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
I think that will be the hardest part for me going forward -- acknowledging that I can't fix everything with a kiss and a joke. As to the rest, let's split the difference: the teen years suck no matter how you look at them.
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catsparx
Jan. 28th, 2011 07:12 am (UTC)
hugs from us XX
davidbcoe
Jan. 28th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Cat.
madkestrel
Jan. 28th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
Sending you both hugs. Please tell her that, as a former teenager myself, I can promise that the misery will pass. The trick is to keep greeting the sun every morning, hard though it might be. Little by little, things get better.
davidbcoe
Jan. 28th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Misty. She is doing better today; as I say above, she is a pretty special kid. Strong, perceptive, mature, centered. Thank God she had Nancy for a mother.
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