Fear of SIDS. Autism. Learning disabilities. Anxiety is a constant throughout every phase of parenting. Worries about sickness and freak accidents dominate parents’ lives when their kiddies are tiny. But come the teen years, your child’s behavior can and will introduce a whole new set of nail biters. Vicki Iovine, author of the Girlfriends’ Guides series, weighs in on what causes her the most angst in her upcoming book Girlfriends’ Guide To Teenagers:
1. That My Teen Will Die. There, I’ve said the unspeakable bogeyman. We rarely voice this terror, but it’s implied in our fears of drunk driving, drug use, reckless behavior and, of course, DEPRESSION–that could lead to a teen taking his or her own life.
2. That Someone, a Stranger or a Friend, Will Abuse My Teen
3. That My Teen Will Be a Party to an Unwanted Pregnancy
4. That My Teen Will Get Kicked Out of School and Have No Job Prospects
5. That My Teen Will Sincerely Believe that Oral Sex Is Not SEX
6. That My Teen Will Have an Eating Disorder–No Matter if it’s Obesity or Anorexia
7. That My Child Will Get a Sexually-Transmitted Disease That Sticks Around AFTER Antibiotics
8. That My Child Talks to Sexual Predators Online and Meets Up With Them
9. That My Child Really Means it When He/She Screams, “I HATE YOU!!”
Iovine sums it up nicely, but I’d add that the fear that my kid won’t be his own person and will always follow the crowd.