Ah, the teenage years — full of raging hormones, bad attitudes, insecurities and zits big enough to be claimed as a tax deduction. Now that I’m a mom, I can’t help but cringe at the thought of my kids becoming teenagers someday. In part because I don’t know if we have the space to house the monster-sized zits and attitude, but mostly because of the heartbreaking insecurities. Although Mr. Candy and I will do what we can to instill in our children a sense of confidence and self-worth beyond outer beauty, any old reruns of Keeping Up with the Kardashians will surely nip all of that in the bud.
So, for my kids, I created this chart of things I hated about myself as a crazy, insecure teenager but now embrace as a crazy, more secure mom, in hopes that they’ll one day be able to have a similar appreciation for their “imperfections.” And laugh at my permed ’90s hair and un-waxed eyebrows.