Oh dear Lord, reading this has made me realize that I’m a total wannabe with my kids. Not in exactly the same way but somewhat similar. I grasp this is not what you’re referring to but I had this cosmic down to earth realization while reading this. They pull the, I’m a teenager and I know everything already card and I retort with the mom card, the I have more life experience card.

I think the challenge for any type of wannabe mentor is they fail to understand that everyone is different. We all learn differently, experience things differently, problem solve differently and live differently, and if not differently than more so uniquely.

There’s two perspectives. They either genuinely want to help or they are control freaks. Well, there’s probably more perspectives than that, actually.

As for me, by nature I’m an asshole. I don’t want anyone’s help. Leave me alone. ha.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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