14 Reasons Parenting Tweens and Teenagers Is Better Than You Think It Will Be

I would be a liar, liar pants on fire if I said that I didn’t, at one point, believe that parenting only gets scarier as kids get older.

Today, I’m a guy who adores being the dad of two daughters, ages almost-15 and almost-12, but not so long ago I was terrified of what was up ahead on my fatherhood timeline. It’s totally natural and normal to be afraid of the unknown, but the unknown isn’t the scariest thing most new parents face. No, the most frightening thing is what is known to moms and dads of older kids, their crappy experiences, and the din of fear mongering they levy upon new parents. The “Oh, just wait until they start to ______!!!” stuff we hear about tweens and teens from the moment we announce that we’re…

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