November is National Adoption Month. You may see stuff in your Facebook feed about being 'chosen' and 'born in my heart, not under it.' Those are wonderful sentiments. This isn't an article about wonderful sentiments, so hold on, k?
You know that irresistible urge to compliment someone who lost weight? Well, before doing so, know this: Your comments are welcome, but please, for the sanity of all former overweight folks, don't dip your toe in tactless waters.
After speaking with a lot of experienced parent friends, I've come up with a list of eight things you should never, ever say to your teenager. You may have a completely different list, and that's fine. There are no easy answers or quick fixes just as there are no perfect parents.
I mean it. Stop it right now. I know you meant it as a compliment, but it's not. When people call me 'young at heart' they mean something like active, adventurous, creative, involved. How remarkable for someone who is, well, (whispered) old!