It seems like yesterday that you were reading bedtime stories together. It must have been only last week that you were sitting up at midnight sewing together a cape made out of a sheet because tomorrow was dress up as something starting with the letter S and you only just found out.
Standing in front of you rolling their eyes and making their presence well known is your baby, but instead of tugging at your pants or skirt for attention they are now looking you in the eye.
Your now Parenting a teen
The world has more than likely changed a little since you were a teen (It wasn’t that long right). So hand me the manual you say. Sorry but I’m still waiting for that now we are on the journey with number 4.
As parents we can often feel like we are on a mystery tour with no given time in between stops and the possibilities of detours are endless.
Who wants to jump on and take a ride with me on the hormone express? It’s a ride at your own peril journey that we have all been unwilling riders when growing up and the time we spend travelling on it can vary.
So how can we be supportive train guards? It can be tough keeping your lips zipped when all hormonal hell breaks loose and even tougher when the viper lash of your
teen hits you in raw places.
Handy hints to survive the Journey
So how do you survive the journey of parenting teens without too many injuries.
1. Give them space
3. Don’t enter into the banter /
4. Be realistic and clear with your
expectations but don’t be a doormat
5. Treat each day like a new one with a
fresh start and expect the best.
6. Before you jump in with the verbal
reprimands and I’m over this rants (
Step back and give yourself some time
before speaking.) There may be a
subtler way of addressing the issue.
7. Although you may not believe it today
and it all seems like crap, the
journey will get easier even though
it can seem bloody long some days.
8. Always make it clear that you love
them and it’s the behaviour you don’t
9. Try and do some fun things together
or find some common interest. it can
make it easier to laugh at the
silliness of a situation later.
10. Be kind to yourself. Behind closed
doors hundreds of millions of parents
are also taking the same perilous
Enjoy the happy, fun moments with your teen even if they seem fleeting sometimes. After all they will be adults before too long (but that’s a post for another time).