From Pine View Farm

Teenaged Daughters 6

I have had teenaged daughters.

I love them to death, even though they are no longer teenaged. And even when they were, I loved them to death.

But, frankly, Jon Swift has a point.



  1. Opie

    April 25, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    No he doesn’t.

  2. Frank

    April 25, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    (chuckle) What parent hasn’t lost it with a kid, if not out loud, at least internally?

    Mr. Baldwin, who, I grant, does not conduct himself well, gave voice to a frustration that all of us have, at one time, felt.

    Mr. Swift just did a reductio ad absurdum.

  3. Karen

    April 25, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    It doesn’t pertain just to daughters. Mine is 34, so she at least acts like an adult, most of the time. But sons can be just as difficult! Especially when he has the genes of his father running amok in him.

  4. Opie

    April 25, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    Some things ought not to have a voice. But hey, I do have to admit that even though I thought Baldwin’s actions were shameful, they did not change my previous opinion of him one bit.

  5. Frank

    April 27, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    Even though Baldwin may be a jerk, he can have the same emotions other parents have, even parents who are not jerks.

    Every parent I know understands the urge to rip their little heads right off their little bodies. It just sort of comes with the territory. Fortunately, most parents do not act on that urge.

    Not acting on that urge is part of being a grown-up.

    Karen, having had both girls and boys, I will attest that boys are much easier. Yeah, boys can be difficult, but they become difficult later and grow out of it sooner.

    And I will say this. Girls seem to be much harder on their mothers than they are on their fathers.

  6. Karen

    April 28, 2007 at 8:46 am

    Being women, we know what the “little darlings” are up to!