Imagine being a tween or teenager today. You easily see how many social media followers, friends and post likes you have compared to others. You scroll your feed and see your friends enjoying a party you weren’t invited to. Every day you’re bombarded with selfies and images that are edited to perfection. It takes Herculean inner-strength not to constantly compare yourself to others!
It happened so fast. My usually cheerful daughter transitioned into a mood-filled teenager. We still see glimpses of her former self, but a more independent and intense aspect of her personality is emerging. Although this change has been surprising, it’s perfectly normal. And it’s prompted some changes to my parenting style to respect and embrace this new phase.