‘Why does no one blog about parenting teenagers?’
That was the plea that came across the internet a few nights ago and it’s one I’ve asked myself on numerous occasions.
When our children reach the age of 13, it’s tumble weed on social media. I imagine this is largely due to the fact that our children are there too and it suddenly feels like a betrayal to mention their less than desirable antics. Or maybe we are scared that they might turn the tables on us!
When they are younger, we blog/tweet away in blissful ignorance, talking about temper tantrums in supermarkets, sibling rivalry and the odd funny/cute story. None of this ends when they become teenagers and in fact I would go as far to say that we need the moral support more than ever.
Parenting teenagers is hard. All three of my children are unique with different love languages, interests, quirks and personalities. It stands to reason that they will relate to us in different ways, get into different scrapes and have different ways of communicating.
In many ways I love watching them grow and develop into their own personalities but sometimes it’s hard watching them walk into risky situations and potentially make some fairly catastrophic life decisions.
That’s when we need one another. That’s when we need to know we aren’t alone. That’s when we need to hear the voice of another parent of teenagers (or one who has been before), reaching out in solidarity.
Who do you turn to when you think you’re doing it wrong? I am fortunate enough to have a few people in my life who I feel I can ask advice from and know that they’ll give me an honest answer, but many people don’t.
If you’re feeling lonely in this world of parenting teenagers, please know that you’re not the only one who feels like they’re doing it all wrong. If you don’t know anyone who you can turn to for solidarity then you’ll find me on the other end of an email or a DM on social media. Don’t be a stranger.
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This post was written in response to a 20-minute writing challenge from the fabulous ‘Mother of Teenagers’ (she’s well worth looking up if you have teenagers!) who wrote a powerful piece entitled Adding Insult to Injury.
1. In 20 minutes you are to create your post, including writing, checking, proofreading, editing and adding any images.
2. Mention the person who gave you the challenge and include a link to their website.
3. After 20 minutes you must publish what you have created.
4. You are free to write about any topic you choose.
5. Once you have done, you must choose three of your blogging friends to do the challenge, include links to their website.
6. Let your challenge nominees know via Twitter.