I hear ya. In my opinion, human teenagers are the vilest of all species. They lie, cheat, whine, pout, rage, sulk and did I already say lie? And you have two of them at the same time? Ouch!
This letter gives me plenty of clues to work with though. You care. You have a good wife. She cares. The girls can hold it together to be nice when you are home. And you are asking for advice. That means you are going to be okay. All of you. Here are my tips for dealing with the terrible teens.
Don’t take any of it personally.
Don’t believe anything they say.
Don’t believe any of their excuses.
Set some rules.
Set some consequences to breaking the rules.
Don’t deviate from either.
Get through it.
By the way; I don’t think dads who are absent due to work, are the same as absentee dads. Big difference.
I’m just say’n,