It was the day to celebrate the President’s, and it was early and I was wide awake. As quietly as I could I got dressed, packed my laptop, and kissed the husband on top of the head as he lay sleeping this holiday morning. I walked quietly down the stairs, started the car and drove to one of the local coffee haunts for a cup of my warm coffee ice cream.
I was really looking forward to a quiet morning of writing and catching up on emails and I should have known better than to try and get some quiet time in a popular local hangout. Within ten minutes I had already had three, two-minute conversations with some acquaintances.
I had a chat with one friend in particular about his teen. However, this “chat” lasted more than two minutes.
As he was telling me the recent mischief of his 16-year old, I kept flashing back to when my boys were sixteen. It was a very, VERY difficult time and looking back, I’m really surprised that I just didn’t check out completely during those teen years.
Not for the lack of trying but that little voice inside my head kept telling me to put one foot in front of the other.
So I did.
And then there was the voice of my Lithuanian Grandmother Toby who often said to me, in Yiddish, “I’m afraid that everything is going to be alright.”
And she was right.
Never fear parents of teens! Your EXHAUSTED PARENT NETWORK” is here. You don’t have to do it alone! And they will, I assure you, come around…eventually…hopefully.
“As the words of one wise son of mine said to me a few months ago: “Mom, if it weren’t for us you wouldn’t have the Exhausted Parent Network and you wouldn’t be exhausted.”
Well said, Erik.
In looking back, hindsight being 50/50 and all, I can only suggest, to turn it around and make it work for you!
…Because this too shall pass.