Message to tween parents: We will survive

A lot of the parents I know are struggling as of late.

Some have tweens who have challenged every single rule ever announced by an authority figure. Other parents I know are dealing with medical issues that are lasting far longer than expected and are baffling the medical community. Some kids have nothing other than a serious case of spring fever but it's enough to drive a parent batty.

Goodness knows that in recent weeks my tween has been giving me a run for my money, throwing me for a loop and any other cliche you can think of that indicates that this parenting thing is kicking my butt. It's not all bad, but it certainly isn't all unicorns and rainbows, as she would say.

My wish would be to wave a magic wand and make it all better, or at least ridiculously easy, for all of us. But we're parents, and God knows that parenting is anything but easy.

I'm afraid all I have to offer is the music of one Miss Gloria Gaynor. If anyone can make us believe that we will survive, it's her.

Hang in there, my friends. Remember, this too shall pass.

And for a little perspective, may I also offer this song by Trace Atkins? Okay, maybe we won't miss ALL of what's going on in the present moment, but it's not all bad, either. As author Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project says, "The days are long but the years are short." She was talking about younger kids, but I think it applies to any age group.

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