I’ll be real with you all for a minute – raising kids has been hard. I’m barely keeping it together all while raising two teenagers, aged 12 and 14. I know what you’re thinking – I’m much too young to be raising a teenager, let alone two of these pesky brats, right? LOL!
I’ll confess, I never really imagined what my life would look like with two teenagers. I don’t think anyone ever really thinks about this stage in life. I remember growing up and thinking about my life with the cutest little newborn and the well-behaved toddlers.. I could even picture the first day of school – but never did the teenage years enter into my wildest of dreams.
But now that this is my life, while challenging it is much more fun that I ever expected.
They Always Need To Go Somewhere
Every. Single. Fucking. Day. Seriously. A friend’s house, the mall, hockey practice, the library. Congratulations, your car just became your second home until one of them get their driving license. Two years and waiting… but we’re not counting, right?
They Sleep Like No Tomorrow
Do you remember when you use to bribe, beg and plea with them to take a nap or to just go the fuck to sleep? Now, you’ll find yourself running the vacuum right outside their bedroom doors at 12 noon, just so you have someone to talk to.
They Are Bored, So Bored
Really? Despite being on electronic overload, boasting about their many friends on social media, they will still whine and complain that they are bored. They’ll annoy you endlessly until you toss on that taxi hat and drive, drive to where-ever they may need to be.
They Are Expensive Now, More Than Ever
I used to cringe at the grocery store every damn time a can of formula or a package of diapers rang through. Now, my heart races as they toss random food options in to the cart when they think I’m not looking – I swear I have a panic attack every time we enter the darn grocery store. Oh and did I mention, that their clothing is also much more expensive. Seriously, I’m talking $25 a T-Shirt, compared to the $4.00 T-Shirt I bought my 7-year-old niece for Christmas. Whaaaaat?
They Still Like Cartoons
Every once in a while, I’ll catch one of them lounging on the sofa, cuddled up with a blanket watching the cartoons. They even still sing the theme songs – though I’m pretty sure this is just to annoy the crap out of me.
Are you raising a teenager, share your experience. What’s something that no one ever told you about raising a teen?