I admit it: Mine sometimes do. And I am in my mid-thirties; those teen years are long gone. But something about parenting can do that to a person, and I believe it has something to do with cracking under pressure. Society expects millennial parents to be perfect: Why shouldn’t we be? Every resource is at our fingertips with the click of a button. But it’s information overload, and I for one am done trying to keep up. I am letting go of the ‘angst’ and focusing more on what works for our family — ya know, the things that keep the kids smiling as they learn and grow into good humans.
All of this parenting pressure got me thinking about some parallels between navigating life as a teen and then doing it all over again when one becomes a parent. Both time periods challenge us, and ultimately, they help us to grow — but not without growing pains. Scour the internet and you will find no shortage of articles on teenage angst, but what about parents? Maybe we have a newborn, a toddler, or hey, even a teenager with their own angst, and it can make it tough to handle everyday stressors.