So have your kids gone back to school and have you recovered from the holidays/ chocolate over-indulgence? It’s that busy and stressful time of year for our teens and tweens. SATs are coming up for the younger ones and GCSEs and A Levels for the big ones. Then there’s leaving school just around the corner, whether they’re in year 6 or coming to the end of secondary.
How does all this stress affect our kids? (And us?) Or do they just hide away from it (probably with the Xbox) and pretend it isn’t happening?
Which brings me nicely round to our first post this month from Musings of a 21st century stay at home mum. Her tween has Asperger’s and lives his games even more than your average tween or teen. Rather than see it as a negative, as many of us do, she is taking the positives from it – particularly the can-do attitude and perception that there are no boundaries holding him back.
The Secret Divorcee has two boys. She always imagined that would be easier than one of each, what with boys being exactly the same (!), but it turns out they are complete opposites . I can totally relate to this as my two boys are opposites too. Apparently the eldest son is usually most like his dad – which is not ideal if you didn’t get on with his dad. (But that’s not true in our house anyway!)
Sometimes it can be hard to make time for teens and tweens and to have fun with them, especially if you’ve got younger children, but Sharon from Teen, Tween, Toddle found some time to have a laugh with her older kids.
Joining us for the first time this month is Fiona from Coombe Mill. Her 10 year old daughter is a bright and motivated young lady, who writes about what motivates a tween girl. I’m impressed!
I love this post from Suzanne at 3 Children and It. I’m sure Suzanne isn’t the only who likes to think she’s still a cool mum and she’s still got ‘it’ (whatever ‘it’ is). But her daughters have well and truly put her straight on that score…
So who got away for a few days over Easter? Lots of us, I expect. The 40 Year Old Domestic Goddess certainly did and is asking whether it’s possible to spend five hours in the car with two teenagers without wanting to throw yourself out of the window. I think you can guess the answer to that one!
Fiona from Coombe Mill is back and wondering how to motivate her eldest as his GCSE exams are looming. He’s a bright boy, but maybe a little too laid-back? Can anyone with older teenagers help her out?
We’ve got another teenager with Asperger’s featuring this month – Joy from the Sensory Seeker’s son. Joy says parenting a teenager with Apserger’s is easier than parenting other teenagers. A very interesting read!
Over on MumofThree World this month I took a rare departure away from my own family, focusing on the sad story of extreme domestic violence against a girl aged only 16. Tissues at the ready! It’s hard to believe these things can happen to teenagers.
If you’ve got a teen or tween post to share, why not add it to the linky below? Or come back and join us next month!