On the other hand, from what I've heard, my husband was a bit of an angel. Voted "Most Likely" to do everything positive, he didn't even have a girlfriend until college. So maybe we'll get lucky and his mild-mannered years will mellow out my wild-child days?
Maybe, because we dread it so much, we over-react at the first sign of teenage rebellion? Maybe, just maybe, if we took things with an attitude of "This too shall pass" we would get through the teen years much more smoothly? There's always the chance that I'm wrong and that Mommy karma IS a thing. *shudder* But in that case, maybe it's not all bad. I've been the rebellious teen, sitting there, trying to figure out ways to stay out later than my parents and I agreed upon. I've tried to sneak in late after curfew, trying to avoid the third squeaky stairs from the top in the dark, only to be greeted by parents who were still awake at 2 a.m. I've been caught sneaking off to my boyfriend's house when I told my parents I would be studying with friends. (Don't tell me I was the only one.) I hope that experience helps me relate to my kids when they are teens, that we have the type of relationship that allows for more communication and fewer hassles. All that time spent in my room has to be good for something, right? Were you an angel baby or a pain-in-the-you-know-what when you were growing up? Are you scared of your bad behavior coming back to haunt you? Tara is the founder of TheYoungMommyLife.com and the author of Make It Happen: The Young Mommy Guide To Creating The Career You Crave. Follow her on Twitter or check out her blog for her insights on what it means to be a mom, wife, student, writer, and about three other labels she’s too tired to remember.