By Mike O’Hern, Center Director of Mathnasium of West Knoxville
When my kids were young, there seemed to be no shortage of people with older kids who would say, “Just wait until they’re teenagers – you’ll hate them.” I recoiled every time I heard it, and to this day, I simply don’t understand it. My kids were always respectful, did every chore cheerfully, never made bad decisions and were just all-around angels. Well, maybe not. But still, we did survive the teenage years without ever hating each other.
I did have the advantage of having worked with youth for a number of years, though, and while it is often easier to deal with someone else’s kids than your own, there are some things that are virtually universal. Read more →