Hey everybody, longtime reader, first time writer. I don't know if anybody's paying attention or has anything to help me with, but I thought I would reach out anyway. You see, I could really use some parenting advice as a first-time parent of a very willful child. Normally, I don't think my parenting philosophy would be quite so strict, but it's fair to say that there are extreme circumstances here.
See, I never expected to be a father. Hell, I never expected to be a man. I was a 38-year-old woman who had long since accepted that she was riding the one-way train to cat ladyhood. Then I took a trip to the Trading Post and wound up as Sam Platter: big shot tech investor.
Tech? I like knitting for crying out loud! If you could see my Tiktok algorithm, it's all stitches, and "Do Gen Z's even know these 90s songs?"
But whatever. I adjusted. And I read this blog as much as I could during my busy days, only I didn't have the nerve to post anything. I guess I didn't feel like my problems were up to par... oh, poor you, all that money, beautiful home, fancy cars, and an admittedly sexy wife, plus three kids. Straight teeth, great hair, people actually take you seriously, wah, wah, wah. But now I think I'm ready to step up and announce myself. I have problems too.
So, back to my kid. That's Corinne. 16 years old, a Junior. Cute girl, popular, cheerleader. But see, she's been acting out lately. Running with the wrong crowd. Staying out late, drinking, partying, I'm worried she might even be having sex, or at least thinking about it. I'm at my wit's end and my "wife" doesn't seem ready to face the problems. Probably because she doesn't know the half of it.
Because my wife was here when I got here. So were two of the kids.
Corinne is my dad.
My no-good, boozehound, frequently-arrested, thrice-divorced 61-year-old father.
So like... any advice?
I'll hang up and listen.
-B/S (it sure is!)