I have two teenagers. Just when my husband and I think we had it all figured out with our oldest, our youngest acts completely different. How did you cope?
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: It’s amazing how each child has his or her own personality and presents different parenting challenges. Two of my kids are very independent and do their homework with no guidance. My other child is equally bright but prefers to do things at the last minute.
My husband and I struggled with this, but we found that this child really does learn best with the pressure of doing things more at the last minute. That wouldn’t be the way we would choose to do things, but that’s what this child needs to get things done. It took us awhile, but we’ve learned to accept this!
—Susan Sherman, MD, a mom of three and a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit