Yep, that’s a teenager. Fully cooperative in every way.
“Anybody want a teenager?” was my never ending refrain particularly during the last few of older son’s teen years.
HAH, right? Well, in some ways, this second round of teenage is going about as expected:
- No Pictures Please! (check)
- Taking laziness to new levels (check)
- Moaning and groaning about having to make *any* physical efforts for literally ANYTHING (check)
- Knows everything about everything and tells you about all of it. Every day. Everywhere. Loudly. (check)
- Complains about being bored, but would rather sit at home watching tv than go with you anywhere (check)
Side note: I realize that some parents have the exact opposite of #4 going on at their houses with sullen silence & eye rolls vs the motor mouth issue & that they consider me lucky that my boys communicate. I get that. But I’ve only known the yammer-fest since older son was/is/always has been a yapper. Silence every now & then…would truly be golden.
Just when you are ready to push them off that ledge though, they pull a little magic out of their hats.
Like *not* moaning and whining when you point out that they need to go to Sat school & catch up on past due work in History before the semester ends. Sitting down for an hour every night to get started on that work. Not complaining (too much anyway) about getting up early on Saturday and going to school. Coming home after and willingly helping you take down all the outdoor decorations. To the point where you don’t ever have to touch the ladder because he takes it all down AND puts the lights away in their boxes. Time to get it all done? Just 90 mins and that includes totally organizing the garage after wards so that you can open the car doors completely on BOTH sides! And he *still* loves it when you read to him at night and even agrees to switching OFF the TV early one night so that you can finish the current book because he really wants to start the next two which he picked out. On top of all that, when you tell him Sunday night that you need to go to bed early because you have a headache, he actually remembers to ask you on Monday morning if you feel better.
Anybody want a teenager? Well, sorry, because I’m keeping this one around. For now 🙂