I just found this site and I am sure hoping to find other parents pulling through this challenging esperiance of being "in charge". When I was a kid, who knew the omnipatant parents were actually doing it for the first time! My boy has just hit another developemental stage and I am doing my level best to be the example and rock and disiplinarian and I AM all alone with it. I get it from every direction. OK, I do hear some people praising me and things like "you are doing the right thing" or some such. But it sure feels like I am missing something. I feel blessed...my son is bright and he is doing well in school and he has friends and some of them I really like. I have every reason to believe my son is going to mature and get on with a good life as an adult. That reason is that I have every intention of going the extra mile and never giving up and redirecting the attention to that point on the horizon. I hope I find other determined parents who are not satisfied with letting their teen ager wobble off course and then mucking about until they reach middle age and the hormones taper off and they wake up out of a haze and then go on the path that was missed. I am so greatfull for the teachers and the conselors and the book out there and the phone lines where I have sustained my own tenuous grasp on sanity till now. I am hoping that here I will encounter others who are ready willing and able to be friends encouraging and appreciative. This parenting a fantastic kid with a twist is alot of thankless work. In a way, thats the good news. No poparazzi.