Having somewhat successfully (he’s still breathing!) raised a child to his teen years, I can unequivocally say there is no “easy” stage. I used to believe that if I could just get through the Terrible Twos, Fu*&ing Fours, or Tween years, I’d be golden. Not so.
Being a parent of a teenager is by far, among the most challenging things I’ve ever done. It requires super-hero worthy feats of patience and self-awareness…and a hearty dose of humor. You’re dealing with an individual who can’t be swayed with promises of M&Ms or a trip to Toys ‘R Us. They are still children, but starting to see the world as a young adult. It’s a real eye-opener – for both them and you.