Parenting teens is so different than parenting young children. When you mess up, they’re usually aware and may call you out on it! It can be a humbling experience. Many parents look forward to these years, thinking its so much easier. Some things are certainly easier, but many things are not. Even though you spend so much time preparing them for young adulthood, once it finally arrives, it can be just as overwhelming as it is rewarding.
I know everyone says they have the best kids ever, but seriously, I do! My girls are 12 and 14. They’re funny, smart, talented, and very thoughtful young teens. My girlies (yes, they are still my girlies!) work and play hard. For years, I kept their activities somewhat limited and gave them plenty of time to “just be kids”. This school year, we are trying something new. I
caved agreed that they could try out for performing dance teams. At school, they participate in competitive show choir, but LOVE dancing and REALLY wanted to do this. We made a plan, prioritized and went full speed ahead! We are on the go, unlike anything we’ve experienced before. I have become a bus driver! (Yes, a bus driver. If I were a taxi or Uber driver, that provided daily meal service between stops and on-time delivery, I would get tips!) Its a big transition, but we are working though it.
One secret of maintaining a full schedule, besides getting a good night’s sleep, is to keep your body hydrated and fueled throughout the day. I am packing bigger lunches and bigger snacks. They need more food to keep them going throughout the day. This week, while grocery shopping, I came across a new item that I decided to try. Yoplait Go Big! It’s a bigger sized yogurt snack in a convenient pouch for tweens and teens! We always say, “Go Big or Go Home!” so how could I NOT bring this home? I picked up a couple of boxes and brought them to dance class and they were a big hit! The Yoplait Go Big pouch is different than other yogurt packaging, you just grip, rip & go. Also great as a snack during their break time at school.
I tell my daughters how great they are, but when they have to stop and read the words, the words stick.
My Sweet Girlies,