I just realized I promised this blog and never delivered! So here it is! I did not have dread teenage years. I thought teen age years were a blast! My kids were old enough to enjoy and I trained them well as kids, so it was not hard.
I think teens is where you reap what you sowed in the elementary age. If you accept a bit of disrespect when they are young, you will get tons of disrespect when they are older.