Welcome to Parenting Teens and Tweens
People always talk about how hard it is in the early years of parenting, but what few people talk about is that the tween and teen years can be just as hard. Mood swings, dating, bullying, preparing them for college, friendship dramas, it’s a lot to navigate as a parent and it can leave you more exhausted than you ever were in those sleepless nights of babyhood.
There’s no guide book for any stage of parenting, because there is no one size fits all for raising our kids.
Each parent/child dynamic is different and each child has a personality and challenges all their own. It’s all about on the job training and learning as we go along. We’re going to make mistakes, but they don’t have to define our relationship with our tween or teen. But the issues we’re facing now do require us to be knowledgeable, patient and understanding.
Let’s be honest, we never thought it would get harder than deciding between “cry it out” and “attachment parenting”, kissing all the boos boos as they learned to walk or picking out the perfect pre-school. Wow, were we naive!
Nothing can prepare you for finding out that your child is being bullied online, or when they come to you because they’re having questions about their sexuality or you both learn that their dream college is potentially out of reach. Teenage problems are so much bigger today than ever before and they are so complex. Navigating it all feels like a minefield.
Life with a tween and teen is mentally and emotionally draining. You’ve never felt more fierce about protecting them from this whole new world of dangers that our teens face today and wanting to keep them close. But some days you may feel like dropping them off at their dorm for the first day of college can’t come soon enough.
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