I did it, I’ve lived through parenting a teenager and I’m still live and kicking…just! He’s 20 now, we’re through the worst and here I’ve grouped the posts that I wrote along the way. Most are tongue in cheek as you’ll know if you’ve read any of my posts in the past I don’t take anything particularly seriously. It’s been a rollercoaster few years where sometimes I could have throttled him Homer Simpson style but ultimately it’s not been half as bad as it could have!
The journey started here When I Was a Single Parent 20 years ago when I was young, naive and utterly terrified. In this post I talk about the difficulties I faced mainly surrounding money worries. I genuinely would not change a thing about those days. I grew up and it was me and my boy against the world!
During my time as a Mum of a teen I wrote several posts, if you have a tween boy this post will give you an idea what might be in store for the future. Tips To Get You Ready For Having A Teenage Boy Be afraid. Be very afraid. Huge tip #1 don’t pick up abandoned socks. Also see Getting A Teen Out Of Bed they will never fail to surprise with how much they can sleep – and still say they can’t be arsed whenever asked to do anything. It’s just too much effort.
I talked about having your heart broken for the first time in Teenage Heartbreak years later you realise how bloody ridiculous moping around after a plonker is but at the time it seems like the worst thing that will ever happen to you.
The #SeriouslyAwkward ones I wrote in conjunction with The Children’s Society Parenting a Teen – Seriously Awkward? where I share the things I’ve learned that did help me in the long run and the one that made me sit and sob remembering events that happened to me when I was a teen My Teenage Diary it’s hard being a teen and dealing with big emotions that you just aren’t equipped to handle. You don’t want to share things because you think you’re grown up and tough but you’re not and if you just told someone about these big scary feelings they’d be able to help.
Here is some of the advice I gave my teen They’re Not Your Friend where I shared the things that mean a person who says they’re your friend isn’t really and that you don’t have to put up with being treated badly just because you fear losing your so called ‘friend’. Is Moving Out All It’s Cracked Up To Be is one of my favourite posts where I shared the storyof moving out of my parental home and hitting the big, bad world hard. It’s not as much fun and games as you’d think.
I apologised to my own Mum for being such an arse Sorry Mum (For my teenage years) I’m not going to lie and say I was a model teen because that would be bullshit, I was a moody, arsey little madam and got drunk on cider and black a few too many times. Luckily for my Mum though I’d moved out by the time I was 18 (see above).
All the hilariously ridiculous bits of parenting a teenage boy are summed up here in The A-Z Of Teenage Boys. They’re messy, mouthy and moany.
Do you have teen boys? Are you about to have them? Have you also survived them? I’m told that teenage girls are 100 times worse so I have that to look forward to in 7 years time, although by then I will also have another teenage boy. What could possibly go wrong?