It’s tough enough to be a mother, but moms with teenage boys in particular deserve a round of applause. Raising a teenager in general is an experience that comes with its ups and downs.
If you’re a mom of teenage boys, maybe you’ll recognize some of these common mom-struggles:
There’s NEVER Food in the House
Your boy (and his friends) can clear out the fridge sooner than you can stock it. Even with every pantry on the shelf fully stocked and loaded, he has a way of finding the foods you didn’t want him to get into. By now you’re probably used to the weird concoctions he makes out of anything he can find. Anyone up for a peanut butter, cheese, marshmallow, hot fudge, and cereal sandwich?
He Sleeps Longer Than a Human Should
Ever go and poke him just to see if he’s still breathing? Although this might seem like a cause for alarm at first, growing boys need the rest. Not only do they wake up early to learn at school all day but they may be involved with sports and other activities that keep them busy. Overall this takes a lot out of them, so the rest on the weekends is necessary. But feel free to wake him up early on his Saturdays and get him started on lawn mowing. Sleep is good, but chores build character.
Things Will Break
Broken bones and injuries are bound to happen if he’s particularly active. But you may notice stuff around the house don’t stay intact for long either whenever he’s near. Perhaps you’ve found him playing football inside or throwing the baseball to close to the house far too often than you’d like. Walls get holes, light fixtures fall, and windows break. Fortunately companies like Summit Valley Glass and Windows can repair these mishaps at reasonable prices. But no matter how decent the cost, let him pay off the expenses with that Saturday lawn mowing gig you’ve given him.
Boy or Man?
You begin to notice a difference in the things he wants to talk to you about. The mention of girls and dating starts to become a topic only dad gets to hear. He spends time with friends more and makes it on time to family dinner less. The way he views things and handles situations begins to change as he learns to be a man. This transition may be particularly hard to watch your little boy take on more adult things and need you less.
Whether you’re a mom with a son who is 13 going through puberty or you’ve got a 16-year-old learning to become a man, these years will surely be some of your most memorable times as a mother. Look for ways to connect and develop your relationship throughout every stage he goes through. No matter how old your boy gets, and how often he tries to deny it, he will always need his mom.
This is a guest post written by Meghan. Meghan is a freelance writer, blogger and researcher from Oklahoma.
She enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons.
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