“Hopefully Someday You’ll Have a Teenager”

18 09 2010

Via Pam Sorooshian who, just as Nance and I have done, learned from personal experience how wonderful teenagers can be.

The choice is, of course, yours:

Hopefully some day you will have a teenager. Hopefully some day you will enjoy having a teenager. The choice is yours.

Do you want to spend the years arguing with your child or do you want to spend them enjoying your life together? When your child is a young adult do you want them to spend as much time as possible away from you, counting the months until they can move out and have a life of their own? The choice is yours.

You can spend your time and energy trying to get your child to live life according to your expectations of who they will be and how they will behave and what they will do, or you can let them live their own life from the day they are born and spend your time and energy on your relationship. You can support them in who they are and what they like to do and how they like to do it from the start.

. . . Putting your relationship first means that you and your child can enjoy the teenage years.

Don’t think Pam will mind me quoting her comment today:
“By the end of January, my teenagers will have all three turned into 20-somethings. I have 4 1/2 more months to be mom of a teen. It has been a blast and I’ve loved it.”

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