- It can hurt when kids hit adolescence and seem to become different people
- It can be helpful to understand the normality of this experience
- There are also some helpful tips for surviving this often turbulent period
- By Tina Payne Bryson
“It’s just a phase. Try not to take things so personally.” Parents of teenagers often hear this well-meaning advice when they talk about how hard it is to raise adolescents. But as any parent of a teenager can tell you, it’s just not that easy to avoid taking things personally. It hurts to realize that this sweet little bundle of joy that you raised from infancy has become an eye-rolling, sarcasm-spouting, gratitude-refusing stranger who resents being put upon just to live under your roof and grudgingly allows you to provide him meals before running out the door to engage in something that’s “none of your business” with his friends.
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