"10 Things Your Teenage Son Needs to Hear from You"
"5 Ways to a Happier Home"
"The One Thing You MUST Do to Have a Happier Family"
My Facebook feed is filled with articles like these. Mocking me. Reminding me that, on most days, I do one or more things that require me to fall on my face and beg forgiveness from the people who share my space....my family....my tribe.
There are days you could cut the tension in our house with a knife.
Oh-there are dozens of things I could attribute this to...homeschooling 3 children, working full time from home, health issues, having a teenager, having girls. But, the real reason is that I am still learning how to parent. I have not even gotten to the "How to Parent Well" courses, I am still in "Parenting 201" (I did pass "Basic Training" by keeping all 3 children alive through infancy and toddler-hood).
Here is what all of those "How To" articles will not tell you, though-
Teenagers are jerks.
There. I said it. Shocking, I know.
There are days (lately there have been A LOT of days) that I do not like my teenage son. I don't want to be in the same hemisphere with him, much less the same house.
Teenagers have the unique ability to reduce a normally well-balanced, educated, stable adult to a whiny, bitchy, angry adolescent. Upon engaging in battle with my 13 year old, I seem to lose all sense of rational thinking and turn into the 8th grade version of myself slinging insults and swearing I will never ever be his friend again ever.
I am fairly certain that I am either creating a psychopath, sociopath, or at least funding some future psychotherapist's country club membership.
I have no words of wisdom for dealing with teenagers. I am brand new at this twilight zone of parenting. But, if you are currently in the same season of parenthood, you should know that it's okay to dislike your teenager. They are jerks. They are not nice. They are a pain in the ass.
You are not alone. We should have a support group, we could call it POTs (Parents of Teenagers).....is that acronym a coincidence? You decide.