You're busy with work and life, we know. But put it down for a minute. Stop what you're doing, close your computer, and put attention on your teen. We all know that teens want to be more independent and to move away from their parents, but at the same time they know dad will be there for them. Always!
In the early 1990s Life's Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. was a New York Times bestseller and a perfect graduation present. With its unassuming red plaid cover, the book consolidated more than 500 suggestions, observations and reminders that Brown shared with his son who was going off to college.
I'm not ready for Sienna to have her mom's sailor mouth, but eventually, when she's a teen, I don't want her to be afraid of speaking the language of her classmates and once she reaches adulthood, I hope to be ready for her to speak such words in my presence as part of normal conversation because the reality is that cursing is ordinary and sometimes, often even, acts as a release for pent up stress.