When your child becomes a teenager, your parenting role is likely to shift. You may find yourself becoming more of a guide, rather than an enforcer. Teens like to test the limits of their independence. Your child may demand your assistance one minute and claim they don't need you the next. Adolescence can be a tumultuous time for teens as they change physically, emotionally, and socially.
Too often, it takes place in a public place at an inopportune time. My story takes place in a grocery store. Not very original, I know. It involves an overtired 2-year-old and an overextended pregnant mother. The trip started out fine.