If you've ever visited my blog or caught my tweets, you probably know I'm a mom.
I just recently finished a round of revisions on my manuscript, and some things my main character says and does to her mom made me pause and cringe. The thought of my own child saying or doing those things to me some day in the future almost made me hit the delete key.
But I didn't. Because that's a part of life.
I also have a teenage brother, and I can tell you from first hand exposure that sometimes (some, not all, of course) teens are downright evil. (Well, sometimes all of us are.) They'll say things to their parents to be intentionally hurtful. They'll do whatever they can to push that big red button on the end of their parent's nerves only because they can.
And the thing is, no matter how much I don't want to admit it as a parent, it's how teenagers are. Even if I want to create a parent/teen relationship that's super close and friendly, there are still going to be those moments.
Trust me, as a mom I'd much rather have perfect parent-child relationships in my books. I mean, that's exactly what I want for me and my kid, so it's what I skew toward. But let's face it, it wouldn't be realistic. Teens fight with their parents, so don't let the Mommy Factor blind you of that.
Any other moms (or dads!) out there dealing with this? What do you do to make sure you're being authentic instead of projecting your wishes in your writing?