For all of you out there who are my fans I am sorry but I am no longer a happy housewife. My teen and tween have drained me from any happiness in my life. I live in denial. Imagining that I have this Hallmark family. I plan vacations hoping we will bond and have fun. I cook nutritious homemade dinners thinking they will appreciate it. I make their beds and pick up their dirty clothes. I wipe the pee off the bowl and the toothpaste off the counter. What more can I do? My husband makes fun of me because I actually pour the milk into my son’s cereal bowl. My children have iphones. I have an old blackberry. My on has a MAC while I have a 5 year old laptop. My daughter screams there is no food while she has no idea what that statement really means. I am a slave to these kids. It is a big secret how these teens drive you crazy. I have been at parties lately telling my war stories of throwing my daughters clothes out the window and smashing my son’s ipad only to be cheered on my other disgusted and in denial parents. One mom thanked me for admitting my son is a nasty beast most of the time. No one tells you how hard these years are going to be. One woman told my husband that she walked into the kitchen one day and saw the devil. It took 5 years for her son to come back. And now they have a great relationship. Who are these happy families? Are there really teens out there who aren’t telling their parents to drop dead? Are there mothers out there who have great shopping days with their daughters? I end up in a fight with my daughter every time we go to the mall. So don’t listen to any advice from me. I am doing something wrong.