I’m sure it was difficult at times for my parents raising 3 children. I can’t even imagine. I’m not a parent, and do not have children of my own. But I do help in raising my godson. As he gets older, I find myself feeling more challenged because of all the things I try to protect him from.
Sometimes I sit and think about him as a sweet little innocent baby. And then I remember those terrible twos and those torturous threes. Now he’s almost a pre-teen, starting to form his own ideas and attitudes. He knows it all but is still curious. He wants to be an adult and a child at the same time. And I can’t even imagine what he’s going to be like as a teenager!
I’ve had some experience with teenagers since I’ve only taught high school. I had to step in and provide parental advice at times about bullying, relationships and more. It can be draining, considering the issues that teenagers face today and how they are such emotional creatures.
I believe that knowing your child(ren) well, having an open relationship with them, and ensuring that you are available when they want to communicate will assist in getting you through the teenage years. Having support from friends and family will be beneficial as well. And knowing that you’re not alone is key.
That is why I love the latest addition to the Lose the Cape book series. Lose the Cape: Ain’t Nothing But a Teen Thang is composed of real life stories from real parents who have survived or are currently experiencing the teenage years. The parents are honest about not knowing it all, but doing their best to give their teens the emotional and mental support needed.
Some of the parents deal with issues such as hygiene, which I can relate to. I don’t know why little boys enjoy being dirty. Other issues the parents face are bullying, having the ‘sex’ talk, and ensuring that special needs are met.
One parent spoke about just trying to survive. “Survival is hiding tears. It’s wanting them to want to cuddle with you one more time, knowing you embarrass them a little when you want one more hug at school drop off.” Another parent explained the teenager’s needs as follows: “They need you to back off, but stay close. They need you to communicate – mostly by saying nothing. They need you to stay calm, but stay on the ball. They need you to be warm and emotional, but expect nothing in return.”
I am appreciative of the honesty of the contributors of this book. This book has enlightened me, even frightened me a little, as I look forward to my godson aging. But I’ll be able to reflect on this text and know that I’m not alone, and take away something to help me survive the teen years also.
What was or is your experience raising teens?
“This post was inspired by Ain’t Nothing But Teen Thang, the third book in the Lose The Cape series, edited by Alexa Bigwarfe and Kerry Rivera.” More about the book:
I was given an advanced copy of this book and purchased my own copy as well. All opinions are my own.
**Read my review of the first installment of this book series, Lose the Cape here.
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