This article, entitled "Growing Pains," comes from Pat Persaud, MomsEveryday blogger from Omaha, NE.
I think as parents we can agree: kids grow up so fast! And kids want to grow up fast too - something that happens to every generation of kids!
I'm sure our parents went through some of the same changes with us. Even understanding this, I'm still surprised by how really fast kids want to grow up!
My 14-year-old daughter happened to mention that some of the girls she knows were at a party with alcohol and they posted pictures of themselves on social media of them running away from an MIP (minor in possession)! One girl, she said, was vomiting for a couple of hours! Oh, the drama!
I've learned (also have a 17-year-old son) to not get too freaked out by what she's telling me. I remind myself, at least she feels comfortable enough to tell me what's going on with her and her friends.
I take this opportunity to remind her what her Dad and I expect of her. Alcohol is illegal for anyone under the age of 21. If there is alcohol at any gathering she's at, it's time to leave. Call us and we'll come get you.
I know there will be more challenges ahead, more talks, more decisions to make. Even some not-so-good choices.
As parents, the teen years are really a test of the foundation we've helped build in our children's lives. We also need to remind ourselves that they may know and do a whole lot more than we did when we were their age but developmentally, they're still kids.
They will, at one time or the other, misstep. Their brains don't fully develop until well into their 20s!
In the meantime, my husband and I will be there in the background as they make their choices, but right beside them, to still guide them.