A secret to parenting your teenager? Refuse to get on the roller coaster with her. Be willing to stand on solid ground and watch her ride, waving as she goes by. But never, ever strap yourself in beside her.
Your teen doesn’t really want someone sitting next to her, she needs someone who is stable and consistent, someone who cares enough to watch the entire ride. And is there as she walks away from the coaster, ready for the next big adventure.