|Adding internet to the phone is the best and the worst thing to happen to society and parents.|
Raising teens is tough. Dare I say a bit more than toddlers. The great debate teens or toddlers! I mean hands down in the diapering and potty training area I will deal with a mood swing any day of the week. Having said that...do I have to deal with mood swings every day of the week? I mean their is tons that people do not tell you about giving birth or babies and their is less info about teens. Like for instance...You should start prepping for your child's teen-hood when they are 10. I've got 2 teens and I'm under 35. At this point it doesn't really matter how old I am or feel. I forget half the time and have to remind myself how old my daughter is then do the math. Then remind myself how young I was when I started having kids. It's a whole If You Give A Mouse a Cookie type thing. Which sometimes isn't good for the self esteem.
Having "The Talk" with my kids hasn't been something that is hard for me to do. Awkward? Absolutely. Talking about Sexually Transmitted Diseased Penis isn't something I look forward to talking abut with my son's but it needs to be done. So boom I've got the sex talk thing down. Keep a continues open conversation. Check. Respect their thoughts. Check. Talk honestly. Check.
Same with the "Drug Talk". This is something I take very seriously. For what ever reason mental health issues and drug abuse run in my gene pool. Not something I've proud of but we can't all be The Cleavers (if you don't know who I am talking about then I just aged myself and deserve to drive a Mini-Van as punishment). Talking about not only the dangers of street drugs BUT how prescription drugs can be just as dangerous. Mom is prescribed those antidepressants for a reason. Don't f**k that up kid. I would never say that...It's just implied.Wink.Wink. JK. JK.
By the time your 13 year old becomes 15 you think you've gotten most of it down. Sex talk. Check. Drug talk. Check. Personal Hygiene. Check. Cell phone...wait. WTF!
Kids don't have journals they keep their inner most private details hidden in the depths of the cell phones that we the parents pay for then share it with the world through social media and hashtags. Then scrolling through your IG account you see that your teen takes selfies in the bathroom. Or worse in the middle of class. You can see the teacher blurred through editing and filters. Again I say-WTF! You've got to be freak'n Nancy Drew. Checking on their Twitter and Snapchat and IG which by the way all of that I have. You got to block sites like ask.fm and ask your kid to please stop doing surprise selfies on you then posting them...That is defiantly not good for my self esteem. Not only do you have your parenting and morals challenged by your family you've got stand up to Two Chanz and Drake. Well I appreciate Drake's love for BBW's like myself I've got to teach my son's to respect women. Where is the parenting book on Sex, Drugs, and Cell phone Usage?