Let me just say this is NO cake walk. Matter of fact, if anyone tells you that parenthood is easy obviously doesn’t know what the hell they are talking about.
This stuff is HARD!!!!
And it’s not like they’re a toddler or that cute little kid you just sent off to Elementary School… They are now eating up everything, they actually smell (and I’m not talking about like fresh soap), and unbelievably moody.
I mean if you don’t want to pull your hair out at least at one point, I have to question rather or not you’re human.
As a parent you never stop questioning yourself.
You’re always wondering if, “I should’ve handled that differently”, “Did they eat enough?”, “Are they ok?”, “Was I too tough?”, “Was I not tough enough?”, “Is this a complete meal?”, “Are they really sick or want to play hookie?”, “Why are they so moody?”
It can definitely be nerve wrecking
I mean, they can completely frustrate the hell out of you on some days
If you complete parenthood without an ulcer, you are my hero
But then there are times when…
You can’t wait to get home from work just to be in their presence.
Their stinky feet doesn’t bother you as much. Especially when they’re wanting to hug you
Their dirty room ISN’T the biggest problem
And their smile takes every worry, and care from the day and throws it out the window.
On those days, I’m reminded that I’m blessed. Blessed to be the mother of an incredible young man that undoubtedly makes me extremely proud to be his mom.
Parenting a pre-teen is just one phase in this life journey of parenting, it’s frustrating but only a season.
What’s your greatest joy or frustration in parenting your pre-teen?