I reflected on the year and started to think about all that my daughter has accomplished in her second year of middle school. So many accomplishments came to mind and I decided to give her some awards of my own design to mark the occasion.
When your parenting style differs from that of your partner, it can be frustrating at best and destructive at worst, creating dissonance and distance between partners and confusion among the kids. But different parenting styles needn't spell disaster. Divergent styles can help prepare kids for a world of negotiating various types of people.
I know for a fact that we parent teens today with more fear, ego and judgment than calm, confidence and openness. There are countless theories as to why.