The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
Right now as you may know we have 2 teenagers staying with us. Only for 2 weeks but, if you are not used to it then two weeks can be very ...let's say a time of adapting.....for both parties.
Arvid, Brutus and I have our routines and like everyone we are not too prone to changes. The girls have theirs as you can imagine they also like it their way. Bottom line is that they are 16, this is our home, they are staying under our roof so in the end it is what we say that counts with some give and take of course. It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.
This has got to be a very difficult time for parents. I have no kids so all I know is what I see right now and what I hear from my sisters who also have teenagers.
One thing I will say....I always wanted children....unfortunately, I have none. With all the difficiculties involved, all the worrying parents go through I bet the good times more than make up for it. Given the chance, I would have chosen to have a child....taken the gift and run wih it.