Some days I don’t feel like a full-grown parent but rather, a portion of a parent living in a petri dish breeding emotions that science has yet to define. For instance, one day I’m confident and on track. And the next? I’m feeling a strange emotional mix of contradiction, guilt, and apology. Perhaps I was feeling conguilogetic? (Like I said, emotions that aren’t even on the emotional spectrum.)
I’ve caught myself using an apologetic tone recently while setting a phone curfew for my daughter. “C’mon, mom,” she said while rolling her eyes. “You don’t need to take my phone. I’m not even on my phone at night; I’m asleep. Check for yourself.”
So I did and, thus, a phone curfew of 9 p.m. is now firmly in place.
Come to think of it, that ominous, subtle tone of apology is creeping up more and more. And it’s no coincidence it arrives in sync with my teen demanding more freedom and flexibility with long-established rules.
I’ve heard this same apologetic tone in other parents and considered it tragic. You’ve likely seen it too: Parent lays down a rule, tween or teen protests loudly, parent backs off or amends the rule to appease the …read more
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