Being a parent to a teenager has got to be one of the most challenging things you'll ever go through. As a soon-to-be Mom for the first time, the thought of having a teen is infinitely more terrifying to me than taking care of a newborn. When they're little, you can still protect them from the dangers of the world and they still see you as the main guiding force in their lives. But as teenagers, they're struggling to gain their independence and mostly want nothing to do with you, and it can be hard to find the right balance of helping them to make the right decisions without pushing them away. Parents of teens: Hang in there. You're doing amazing, sweetie.
So when the teenagers of the internet were asked how they want to be parented, their answers were surprisingly insightful. Sure, they're also filled with some moodiness and a whole lot of cursing, but they are teenagers, after all.