What a crazy year 2017 was in so many ways! From our teens getting driver’s licenses to moving into college apartments to taking up a fixation with video games, we mothered in the only way we know how — with love and patience.
Some days our teens drive us batty with their moodiness and one word answers. Some days they warm our hearts with a hug out of nowhere or that hesitant admission that mom was right. The best part of raising teenagers just may be how they challenge us to take our parenting skills to the next level.
As we head into 2018, share with you the five things we learned from our teens in 2017.
From my teens, I have learned:
- Snapchat is the platform I need to be on if I want to see what is going on in my teenagers’ lives. Sometimes, I feel like a stalker but at least I know what my teens are up to when I’m not with them.
- A cell phone car charger is a life essential when teenagers are riding in my car (and anything less than 10 % battery power is a HUGE deal).
- Pondering the answer to a question on my mind is foolish. All I need to do is say the question out loud and my son will Google me the answer in a few seconds.
- Teenagers don’t need a reason to try something stupid like shaving off an eyebrow or waxing an arm. “Just because” is a good enough reason.
- Teenagers can’t hear their mothers’ voices when they are looking at their cell phone screens…they just can’t.
- Chipotle is king. Teenagers LOVE the place!
- Teenagers will always make time to drive with you if they are the one who is driving. If I ask my 16-year-old son if he wants to drive me to the store or to his grandmother’s, he will stop what he’s doing to drive. I wish he was like that with all my requests.
- Vineyards Vines is the new Gymboree for moms who shop with their teenagers. I finally found a place where both my son and daughter like to shop. However, it’s a bit pricier than Gymboree.
- Teenagers will listen to their older sibling before mom and dad. My son will do whatever my daughter requests or asks with no pushback. If she asks him to go with her to go visit their grandmother, he will go. I do like that they get along!
- RTX is Comic-Con for computer gamers. My son is obsessed with RTX. When my husband went with my son to the convention this year, he said it was the Comic-Con of computer gaming. We would never had know that if we didn’t have a teenager.
Thanks for joining us on RaisingTeensBlog.com in 2017. We look forward to sharing our parenting challenges and triumphs with you in 2018.