I am delighted to share this guest post from one of my beautiful friends who is contemplating life with teenagers.
I am the mother of two wonderful children (most of the time they are wonderful but sometimes......). My daughter is 14 going on 21 and my son is 12 with the attitude of a 13 year old as he is nearly a teenager, so he keeps telling me!!!!
Life can be a struggle for all of us most of the time. My son was off school poorly a few days ago with a bad tummy. I am lucky that my husband and I own our business and I have amazing people that can look after my job when I'm not there, but not everyone is fortunate. I remember a time when I would have had to ring in sick(but then you lose money for being off sick!!!) or use a day of their holiday which we usually save to spend time as a family.
Having two children in their teens (well nearly!!), can also be a struggle, they both want to be somewhere different at the same time. Our weekends are never our own these days, with one of us dropping one child somewhere and the other dropping the other child. Then, of course there's the picking back up of the children who always want to stay at their friends for that extra 10 minutes!!
I do miss my children on a weekend (although I have to admit I do enjoy the peace and quiet of no arguing), and my hubby & I are now able to spend more time together although most of our conversations are still about the kids.
It's a wonderful but trying time watching your little babies turning into adolescents (all hormones aside). But my advice, for what it is worth ....
Relish them whilst they are young and can't answer you back, spend time with them, enjoy walks in the sunshine and splashing in the rain. As your babies grow up, they do mature and hopefully become the adults you wish them to be.
The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful ( and very entertaining) daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or my gorgeous sister in law as part of our baby blog and occasionally we accept guest posts. There is frequently talk of shoes (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) and baby swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.
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