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February 15, 2013

What to do about mean kids

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NORMAN —

We are rolling on the floor laughing at the thought anyone would think our children were perfect. Jeannie even snorted. It is so much easier to offer professional advice to parents than to be a parent. It is the hardest job in the world. You name it, our kids did it — and if they didn’t succeed, they at least tried.

Although we love our kids with a passion, we are thrilled they are now adults. We have healthy, independent children who no longer live with us and rarely ask us for financial support. Does it get any better? Yes.

We now actually get to be their friends and often times, they understand and appreciate some of the tough decisions we had to make when they were still under our roof.

Cutting class, horrible attitudes, hating us, sneaking out at night, speeding tickets, wrecks, financial issues, experimentation, arguments, disrespect and generally thinking we were awful parents — the list goes on and on.

We thank you for your confidence in us and know from your email you are doing a great job being the parent, the one in charge, and will look back on these days with laughter and tears just as we do … and then you’ll thank God they’re over.

Sally and Jeannie are certified school counselors with 49 years combined educational experience. Jeannie has two children, Sally three. The responses presented don’t necessarily reflect the views of any certain school district. Please send your questions to Counselor Connection C/O the Norman Transcript P.O. Drawer 1058 Norman, Oklahoma 73070 or email questions to Questions.

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