• Lee Ann Emery

Living with a Teen During a Pandemic: Lessons in Life, Writing, and Business



Let me be clear, we don’t normally have a teen in our home.


My children are still quite little and they are reasonably easy to contend with (Shhh… Momma’s got Smarties!) but I have been lucky enough to have my 14yo sister-in-law choose to self-isolate with our family during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are innumerable reasons why this experience has been both demanding and inspirational, a hindrance and helpful, limiting and liberating. However, the positives definitely outweigh the negatives ten-to-one.


When we started this journey, I was thinking about the pluses of free childcare, girl chats, and having an extra player during family game nights but I never expected her presence to impact my life, writing, and business in such a powerful way. Having a teen in the house during these crazy times has taught me so much more about myself and the world than I ever could have


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