As a single parent (albeit one with lots of help) it’s not hard to have an almost instant connection with other single parents. I also treasure my friendships with married friends with children with whom I can commiserate with and get advice from. It’s not that I don’t appreciate single friends without children/friends without children, I just need the bonding time with other parents as well. It seems that for me, lately, much of my time is spent with singles who don’t have kids, and I often find myself trying not to talk about my kids *all the time* and annoying them. Even though they don’t seem annoyed.
My first “blog advice link” today come from a friend that was in the same ward as me in my last ward in California, Becky Davidson. She and her husband and kids are pretty awesome. Becky is a “stay at home mom” with all the understatement that phrase gives. She has four kids, three of them teens and one of those on a mission, and is a once and sometime literature professor with a very fun to read blog. Her husband Aaron is a successful entrepreneur. They are quite the hard-working, fun, creative family. They are currently spending a year in Spain (minus the missionary, who is serving in Arizona) “just for fun.”
In this installment, she lauds the amount of quality blogs dedicated to parenting small children, but laments, in comparison, the lack of such for parents of teens. She then asks the question,
What do you think? Answer here, or I’m sure she’d love a comment on her blog. And what has been your favorite advice on parenting teens?
Her question must have been timely, because I received my new April 2013 Ensign in the mail today, and it contained this article, and a link to another on the same subject in the New Era: