It’s very easy to lose touch with your teenager.
When they start secondary school, there are suddenly whole areas of their life you don’t know about. Their independence should be encouraged. It’s a good thing they are learning to make decisions by themselves, think for themselves and take responsibility for their own life. The problem is this independence comes at a price.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the worst thing about having children is that everyone else has got them too.
You try to stop yourself but you can’t help comparing your child with everyone else’s. It starts when they’re babies: you see a six-month old sitting up unaided and think ‘why can’t my six-month old do that?’ A one year old is running around while your child hasn’t even begun to crawl.