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I’m the Parent of a Teenager. How’d that Happen?

A personal reflection on this milestone as the page turns on yet another chapter.

My oldest recently turned thirteen. I don’t feel old enough to have a teenager, but apparently time is passing — an inevitable part of life.

From five pounds that cradled in my arms and couldn’t wake for more than 30…



Parenting is hard, entertaining and sometimes downright frustrating. Parents Pen is a space to corral those emotions: write to express, read to relate, and, ultimately, connect with other parents around the globe.

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