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Travails of raising teenagers

As I navigate this complex maze, I have stumbled upon guiding posts that have helped to preserve my relationship with my children and my sanity


When I was a sleep-deprived mum of toddlers, I envied mums of older kids, often asking them when it would be my turn.

In the haze of feeding, cleaning and dealing with meltdowns, I brushed aside their warnings that the teenage years would still be challenging, but in a different way.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2020, with the headline 'Travails of raising teenagers'. Print Edition | Subscribe