07-28-2022 05:22 PM
Hi.. my name is Zee
1. I have two daughters, 13 and 17. They just do funny dances or faces that they wouldnt normally do outside the household even though i encourage them to just be themselves in every environment
2. Try to keep the stress levels down by trying to be more openminded, trusting them to make their own decisions/ choices/mistakes and ensuring they know they can reach out to us when they need
3. Opportunity to speak with other parents and understand similar issues that they may be experiencing with their teens
4. Top tip: Always make time for your kids regardless of how busy you are, lots of love, respect and cuddles
5. Family time is the best thing about weekends
07-29-2022 03:40 PM
Hi @zeejay and welcome, it's lovely to meet you
Your two daughters sounds like a lot of fun! I love what you've said about trying to trust your kids to make their own decisions, but also reminding them that they can always reach out to you if they need you. It can be hard to watch them go out into the world while standing back, but I'm sure they so appreciate you giving them the chance to try, fall and learn.
We hope you find some other parents on here that you can relate to, and please feel free to make your own thread if you need any advice or you'd like to talk about anything in particular.
All the best
08-14-2022 01:19 PM
Hi, my kids are 16 and 14, and my boy makes me laugh all the time with his wise cracks and goofyness. My daughter made me laugh when she remained pretty stoic all throughout her grounding when she was caught driving with passengers on her learners, until she received a ticket which she had to pay for. she doesn't like parting with her money very much :-).
Hm. Stress levels...nothing a glass of red wine can't fix (or 2, or 3). Also love to hang out on the beach with our dog. Being near the ocean always makes everything better, for me.
Lately we have been running into a bit of trouble with our teens, and I guess I am hoping to find a community of parents who deals with similar issues, so that we can hopefully find support/give support and find a way forward.
Advice? Hm. Buckle up.
Best thing about the weekends: the beach with the dog, and especially when the teens want to come along (doesn't happen very often these days).
08-14-2022 03:06 PM
Welcome to the community!
Hopefully you find connecting with other parents useful and find some support to help navigate the complicated teenage years.
I love that you love the beach and dogs as well
08-15-2022 12:33 PM - last edited on 08-15-2022 04:58 PM by Iona_RO
Hey there I am a 54 single mum. Of boy/girl 14 yr old twins1. My boy often entertains me me talking like Forrest Gump. My daughter amuses me with her geeky sharp wit and brutally honest remarks. Latest prank together….glad wrapping the door entry to my bedroom and hoping I wouldn’t see it upon entry😜
yes Parenting is a very stressful but joyful job. My biggest release, exercise, reading, laughter, music and a glass of wine . Oh don’t forget 🍫
What led you me to Reachout - I was having a moment dealing with my daughter being more defiant, testing more boundaries, not be truthful when tested and feeling like I was losing a connection with her.
My top parenting tip for parenting in teens - well the jury is still out as I have a few more years to hurdle through yet. For now I say - stay forever present and connected, alert, release the child leash and let them grow with your solidarity, adapt your approach as they are no longer a child as such.
weekend time, yay, no school lunch boxes, a time for a more flexible schedule, a time for fun, a time to reboot and enjoy their sports if they are the sporty type. I love my ⚽️Mum time.
when you have that meltdown moment, don’t be so hard on yourself. You haven’t failed, you are just human. That moment will surely pass X
08-18-2022 05:17 PM
Hello, ReachOut Community!