Oh where did the summers go when the things we worried about was too much sun ,not enough water , over tired kids . how to get them inside for the night and a sad child because their popsicle melted faster then they could eat it. Replaced with worrying where your kids are ,not home by curfew .. or their not where they said they would be , insecurities if not trusting a friend , your teenager sad and playing sad depressing songs over and over after a breakup. Trying to find an answer to their why’s and it’s unfair .. then we get even more complicated with teenagers hosting parties and you find out your teenager is there because you get a 1 in the morning phone call saying you need to pick me up because there not at a sleepover…. and the party just got busted and the police are asking you to come pick your child up and their car as well . And you want to be angry at them but at the same time you just want to get them home safe and the lecturing will have to wait till morning but you cant sleep because there is so much you need to say and if your lucky they will listen . Then if you have a soon to be 22 yr old daughter who does not know what to do with her boyfriend she is unhappy with and is easy for you to say then end the relationship. But they have 10 reasons why thier unsure of , yes is your head spinning mine is . and then she is trying to save and work more which we know work and making the money to move out is a challenge in it’s self this day in age and she has a good head on her shoulder and is frustrated because she is trying but it is taking more time then she thought. Yes the challenges just as the teenage parties are .. yes some did some didn’t but this generation is parting even more and more young adults are still living at home and how did your teenager get ahold of half the alcohol is beyond me . My Son is a great kid has good friends they all have jobs and athletics and good grades but pressures yes a lot of pressures peer pressure which is at an all time high as well in this age. but do not get me started that is a subject for another day but I believe it is part of the problem and they just can’t get it that this is not a good thing of what thier doing and let me just say my husband and I’ are holding our breaths for school to start 3 more weeks and school will be here and it’s going to be the longest 3 weeks of our lives . So like my title to this post says the challenges …this has been an eye opening summer wish I could find a solution to all if these challenges yes I know learning experience but these days it’s just not a safe answer .