In which the mother discusses bringing up a teenager

Lali C. Sengupta strikes the right notes in this blog post.


The recent teenager’s death and the imbroglio related to it, in Calcutta, has brought in a lot of discussion around parenting, as schools and parents struggle to understand how not to make any mistakes and how to raise the perfect person. The thing is, there isn’t one. And neither are there perfect parents, so quit being judgmental and/or depressed about what you see lacking in yourself and your child. Of course it is not easy. There is no one-size-fits-all theory of parenting. Your teenager is just another young person who does not know who he/she is, what they can or even want to be. Pretty much the same churn that happens to you as you bumble your way around parenting them. You both are afraid, but not clear exactly about what. Angry, without knowing at whom. Sometimes teenagers are rejected, but don’t know by whom. For you, it’s worse on this…

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