From the article: Tactics Parents Use to Stay Involved With Their Teens
It is a scary time, when your little angel enters adolescence. All of a sudden, they are thinking for themselves, making decisions and following them through without you. While you may not know the exact moment of when you became a parent of a teen, I’d bet there was something that told you the metamorphosis had begun.
You Get Your Freedom, Sort Of
- When you've finally got some freedom - and then the kids take your car.
There's no food left!
- A day or two after grocery shopping and all the ready to eat foods/snacks are missing. Oh, and the gallon of milk gone in less than 24 hours because someone decided to eat a whole box of cereal!
- —Guest WicceMother
A New Understanding
- You understand why some animals eat their young at birth.
- —Guest Regan
Your weekends are no longer yours
- Because all of a sudden you're a taxi driver and atm. I've always tried to teach my daughter to plan ahead but teens just don't. And it's not just her, it's all of her friends too. It's a lot of last minute stuff and the plans are never concrete until they actually happen.
- —Guest CM
- It's good to know I'm not alone and my child is "normal". Keeping a good sense of humor certainly helps. They won"t be teenagers forever! Thank God! Lol! :)
- —Guest Linda
- Who knew you can some days dislike someone and yet love him or her with all your heart ?
- —Guest Cathy
Who Did I Give Birth To?
- You wonder to yourself ''When did I give birth to Jekyll and Hyde?''
- —Guest Maverick
The Grandaughter texts-
- Gramps, have a nice day. Dad has grounded my again. Love
- —Guest Tenn Slim
- When simultaneously you realize two things: everything your parents told you was the truth and now you have your own child that thinks you're full of sh*%.
- —Guest Kev
You turn into your own parents
- You get the feeling of déjà vu every time you talk to them because you're saying all the things your parents said to you when you were their age.
- —Guest Joe
- ...When your loquacious child suddenly only has one word in their vocabulary - "Whateva!"
- —Guest Jane
- My once sweet, well behaved(for the most part) practically straight A student, is a sassy mouthed, concerned about her outfit, though she'll skip taking a shower, 13-y/old girl, and some days it's all I can do not to scream "Beam me up, Scotty!" or "Calgon-Take me away!"
- —Guest LJ
- When you realize launching your teen into adulthood doesn't feel so bad!
- —Guest sue
- That lovely "boy" turns into one of them ... with that aggressive, angry, non-communicating, I-know-it-all-attitude. How sad it is when just about everything becomes an issue and every parent becomes the ogre who knows NOTHING?
- —Guest Gillian
Angry and Irritable
- When the parents in my teen clinic ask if they can discuss that their daughter or son has become so angry and/or irritable. I can usually guess the exact stage of adolescence as soon as they mention that. ;-)
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