My little rascal is 18 months now, and I “STILL” breastfeed him. Anyone who has breastfed past one understand, the “still”. Read more
When having kids, people make it a point to give you all the grueling details of what its going to be like having a new baby in the house. Sleepless nights, dirty diapers, bottle making, expenses, basically your life is now over.
However, what I fail to recall anyone telling me about was teenagers. I feel current parents purposefully leave this stage of childhood out, because people probably would never procreate!
I can deal with a cute, innocent, babbling baby’s drama, BUT these teenagers…lets just say I’m on the borderline of catching a charge!
I have a 14 year old who is making me question “Why did I have FOUR kids” on a daily basis!
It amazes me how my cute, sweet, dancing little baby, transformed into an angry, mean, know-it-all, “I don’t care”, begging, ungrateful, impossible, self-centered, selfish, lazy….person.
Not only that, I swear my son turned 14 and he instantly became a GENUIS and I, THE DUMMY, IDIOT, MORON, DUNCE…..and the list goes on!
“4 More Years” is my new mantra! I tell my kids when they graduate from high school, living with me is NOT AN OPTION! College is their only option if they want my support. If they choose another route, I am totally for that too, just as long as they realize, THEY CAN NOT LIVE WITH ME!!!!
My oldest has ADHD in the WORST WAY, and to add some sugar and spice and everything nice…ROARING TESTOSTERONE!!! Let’s just say;
- His attitude bites BLEEP
- His 8th grade education triumphs my college degreeS
- He NEVER I repeat NEVER does ANYTHING WRONG! “What did I do?”
- Again, I’m CRAZY, STUPID, MEAN, and I’m sure he’s mumbled..”PAIN IN THE…
I know that just because they leave the nest the job of mom is not complete, but at least I will get a break, because I also am painfully aware I have 3 more teenagers to raise!
Ever since my child was a toddler, he was always withdrawn, angry, jealous, competitive, and hyper. As I go back and look at pictures and videos, I see a baby versions of what I see in my 14 year old now.
As a mother of four, I really feel I finally have a handle on dealing with babies, but once they get into school, and GOD knows middle/high school (teenagers), I feel like I’m dropping the ball. There are so many programs for parents revolving around the newborn to 5 year old range, however, then what? There are not ANY guides, manuals, home visiting programs, etc, to aid parents in raising children beyond 5 (at least where I live), unless they are troubled. It feels like a trial and error system…practice makes perfect I guess.
There are days when, I want to just throw my hands up in the air in failure, and simply count down the days to graduation. How do something so sweet turn into something so menacing? Why and how do we become the enemy and the bad guy overnight? My son and I have been to soooooooooooooooo (yes that many o’s) doctors, therapist, counselors, medication and specialist I’m SICK! HOWEVER, despite my urge to give in, I don’t and I won’t (I still countdown to graduation as if I’m really going to be free). I just keep trucking, and trying out the numerous recommendations I get from these doctors and pray for the rainbow when the rain clears!