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Things I Hated About Myself as a Teenager That I Love About Myself as a Mom

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Things I Hated About Myself as a Teenager That I Love About Myself as a Mom

Ah, the teenage years — full of raging hormones, bad attitudes, insecurities and zits big enough to be claimed as a tax deduction.  Now that I’m a mom, I can’t help but cringe at the thought of my kids becoming teenagers someday.   In part because I don’t know if we have the space to house the monster-sized zits and attitude, but mostly because of the heartbreaking insecurities.  Although Mr. Candy and I will do what we can to instill in our children a sense of confidence and self-worth beyond outer beauty, any old reruns of Keeping Up with the Kardashians will surely nip all of that in the bud.

So, for my kids, I created this chart of things I hated about myself as a crazy, insecure teenager but now embrace as a crazy, more secure mom, in hopes that they’ll one day be able to have a similar appreciation for their “imperfections.”  And laugh at my permed ’90s hair and un-waxed eyebrows.

Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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