Let’s start with Lisa’s post at That British Betty which perfectly describes the teenage years from the perspective of a teen and a parent. Once you become a parent yourself, you realise what you put your own parents through and that can be a sobering experience. It can also add to the anxiety because you remember what you got up to!
There’s nothing like growing tween independence to cast a spotlight on our own anxieties. This is perfectly illustrated by Em at EM LINTHORPE BLOG who writes honestly about trying to control her own anxiety and by Clare (who blogs at Neon Rainbow Blog) and writes about parental anxiety in a lovely guest post on The Mum Reviews.
On the other hand, it’s not just anxiety that you will need to deal with in this strange teenage land. Prepare to face the joys of being a football Mum; you can read all about that over at Kits and Vixen. Also Emma (who blogs at Emma and 3) explains why you may need to stay up very late at night. This is not something that I find very easy! Don’t forget the joys (or otherwise) of the high school prom which I describe in my latest post. I am a somewhat reluctant Prom Mum!
So, what can we do about it? This is where the tool kits come in and, as always, there is a wealth of experience and some great advice available. You just have to pick what works for you and your kids and that may take some trial and error. Natalie at Hello Cuppies has some down to earth, easy to follow steps for maintaining a bond with your tween and teen kids that will survive the turbulent times. Also, Isabella gives us a fabulous example of what to advise a teen on their 13 the birthday.
Finally, Sharon has provided just what you need when you are negotiating unfamiliar territory – a phrase book! I absolutely love her guide to teenage mumble. Read this and you will be fluent. Now you are ready to board the plane to the tween and teen years!