I'm a mother to three teenagers and a wife to a superbly supportive man. I have lived all over the country and feel quite at home now in Texas. My happy place is reading a novel, sitting in the sunshine, and being surrounded by my family.
I occasionally get asked by mothers of young children what the secret is to raising great teenagers.
My initial response is that I have absolutely no clue. My kids are who they are IN SPITE of having me as a mother. (The young moms don't find that answer too helpful.)
Really, the first thing that I will tell you is to disbelieve the myth that teenagers are sullen, angry creatures who slam doors and hate their parents. Some do that, but the overwhelming majority do not. Every one of my kids' friends are just as happy and fun as my kids are, so I know it's not just us.