Thursday, April 12, 2012

Teenager Thursdays

Fifteen.  15.  Fifteen.

You say that word to any experienced mother and she will just sigh, nod, whisper "I understand" and hand you a tissue.   As of this week, I will not have a single 15 year old in my house.  I will have a 17 year old.  A 16 year old.  A 14 year old and the 3 littler ones.  BUT for 6 blessed months I will not have a 15 year old.

Twice I have survived this journey.  More importantly, so have both my oldest boys.  Barely.

Just think, I only have 4 more kids to go.

Parenting a 15 year old boy is similar to running into a brick wall.  Think the Great Wall of China sort of brick wall.  You can't go over it, you can't go under it and trying to get through it feels close to impossible.

I advise a good friend you can vent to, a case of red wine and a really, really good therapist.

Because if you survive it, the payoff is apparently 17.  17, when the glimpses of the adult your child is becoming become more frequent.  17, when they offer you a chair in a crowded waiting room.  17, when they thank you for cooking them dinner and they know, almost, how to have a polite conversation about something other than themselves.  

I had heard stories about being the mother of teenagers.  I really thought that my 'spectacular' parenting and strong desire for harmony would mean we could sail through these years in a sea of calm mutual respect and personal growth, working together towards our combined goals of my peace of mind,  and their maturity and independence.

All the mothers of preschools just hopefully smile and nod.  All the mothers of teenagers laugh.

Parenting teenagers.  Never dull.  Never easy.  Always rewarding.

And now I have two that drive.   Where is the Ativan when you need it?

PS  Sorry for disappearing for the last, well year or so.  Hockey season absorbs everything.  Teens and Toddlers absorb the rest.

6 comments: said...

have missed you, enjoy 14 while you can.

Lala's world said...

Amen sister... I have 3 more to go through 15!!! pass the box of wine :)

Heidi said...

17 brings hope. Scars remain (I know I bear some), but there's hope for the future. And I think it helps give perspective on the ones to follow. I have an acquaintance who makes a career of being a "parenting expert." Her oldest is 8. I have to zip my lip and just smile when the conversation comes up. With my sis too. Because they both still believe that their spectacular parenting will mean that teen years will still be the lovefest they enjoy now, and cannot conceive that their influence over their sons will ever be diminished by other forces. Oh well. I will be there (and not gloating, believe me) when they get there. We all need other moms to assure us we are not crazy or evil and that there is hope and change to come. I'm glad you're over the summit with the oldest ones.

Anonymous said...

I have missed you too!

Unknown said...

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kathy55439 said...

I have a 17 and 16 year old and 14 year old on weekends and might have another 17 year old by the end of the school year. People ask me how a single women ended up with teenage boys I guess God likes to laugh when I planned. I love being a mom for teenage boys most days.