Motherhood is full of lessons and sometimes, I’m open to learning them. Here’s what I picked up last week in the newest edition of What Mama Learned.
Parenting teens ain’t no joke.
I thought parenting toddlers was hard work, but I gotta tell you, when I put that up against trying to understand my teenager, I’d much rather be chasing a 2 year-old, and saying “no, stop, don’t touch.”
Back then, the expectation was much clearer–feed them, change them, make sure they sleep and keep them from eating, touching or playing with anything that could do them harm. Now, things are complicated–these people talk, they don’t always listen, and they have opinions that rarely line up with mine. I might be oversimplifying that a bit, but the point is, it was easier for me to protect and teach my kids when their vocabulary was limited to one-syllable words.
These days, life is filled with questions and objections and challenges that are getting harder (and scarier) to navigate. That realization hit me hard last week, and sent me to my knees and to the bookstore, where I combed through the parenting section for some much-needed help. Keep an eye on the Books section to find out what I’m reading. I’m determined to get some help to love and parent these kids without losing my mind.
Screens are evil.
We let screen-time get way out of hand over Christmas break. Now, the gaming and streaming zombies in our house have us saying, “Get up and go find something else to do” four or five times a day. Redirecting them has been like trying to pry raw meat from a lion’s mouth (I’ve never tried that, but it sounds like it’d be nearly impossible to pull off.). So, it’s time to get back to putting the proverbial foot down. If you want screen time, you’ll have to earn it. This is a great way to get them to dust off all those books they used to enjoy reading and, if my husband and I are lucky, we’ll get our TV back in the process!
And those are my weekly woes (and lessons). I promise to keep you updated on our progress, and if you have some wise tips on teens or tech, let’s chat about them in the comments below! More next week…