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It Sucks Being A Teen

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Yesterday was a highly emotional day, and I'm in the process of coming down from it. I usually don't write about such private things, but sometimes being a parent of a teen is so stressful. And being a teen is just as stressful, no doubt. In short - both sides of it really suck at times.

What parent likes to see their child fall and get hurt? As toddlers, I would always feel that I was to blame if they fell and got hurt. After all, I was their mother - their protector, right? Even now, on the cusp of being adults, I don't want to see them fall. Physically or emotionally.

Why am I writing about this? Well, if I must look for the silver lining in every negative situation, here it is: I didn't shove food into my face. As horrible as I felt, I didn't allow it to completely consume me as I would have in the past. The instant moment is now gone and I've taken the steps for my teen and I to move forward in a more positive direction - all without added calories.

The moment has passed. Today is a new day. So, let's get on with it.
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  • v LINN3_5
    Great attitude. I really admire people like you who don't let a single situation get them down. I don't have parenting experience with teenagers, but I do have youth pastor experience, and having done quite a bit of counseling with teenagers and their parents, I can tell you that "This too shall end." Hang in there! And way to go on not letting your emotions drive you to eating! I have a hard time with that myself.
    1860 days ago
  • v JUSTJO66
    Teens don't realize yet how our (parents) hearts are connected to their children. Of course, we want only the best for them but they can't see that. They think we are just being mean, restrictive, or just don't want them to have any fun. Boy, did I hear that a LOT when my 5 kids were growing up. Yes, it hurts when we know that they are about to really make a BIG mistake. We don't want them to get hurt or mess up their lives. They can't see that when they are young but most of them when a little older will (or that is our hope).... that is if we are fortunate. By the way they don't know it either but they NEVER stop being our children and we never stop being concerned for them. I'm proud of you that you didn't feed your frustration. Kuddos. :o)
    1860 days ago
    Good for you!!! That's HUGE. Each time I choose to take a path other than eating, it's a victory. The best part about it is that you are in the process of becoming a better Mom for your teen each day you make courageous decisions!
    1862 days ago
    Sounds great good work
    1862 days ago
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