The Joys of Raising Teenagers!

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Since my last blog post about my girlfriends’ weekend in Collingwood was so popular, I thought I’d try an article about the joys of raising teenage sons. I’m sure ALL parents of teenagers can relate to this one:
  • I am sick and tired of hearing, “I’m hungry”. No matter how often I buy or how much I spend on groceries, my teenage sons are always complaining there’s nothing to eat.
  • “Can we have money?” is another daily refrain. There is always something they desperately need or want, for example, a McDonalds’ Blizzard or money for a movie with friends.
  • My kids have a bigger wardrobe than I do but they’re always complaining nothing fits or they’ve run out of clean underwear (no kidding when they haven’t done laundry for the past 2 weeks).
  • How come they’re always too tired when it’s time to walk the dog or take out the garbage but they’re not tired at 11:00 pm when I’m desperate for sleep (of course, I head to bed and they stay up late watching late night TV)?
  • What do you mean you need MY car? Since when is my car, YOUR car???
  • They say, “We’re just having a few friends over”. Next thing you know, there are 30 friends at your front door and, of course, all of them are hungry!
  • It used to be that Ping Pong tables were for Ping Pong. Now they’re for Beer Pong!
  • To my eldest son’s credit, he is working hard at his full time summer position at a Toronto marketing firm. However, what drives me crazy is when he arrives home (and I’m still working) and he wants to know why dinner isn’t ready.
Of course there are plenty of joys too. It is very rewarding to watch your kids successfully head off to university. One of my sons is going to Australia next year on a 3rd year university exchange program. He can’t wait to hit the golf courses and scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef. I’ve reminded him the reason he’s going to Australia is academic but I’m secretly happy for him. He’s an excellent student and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. My youngest son starts 1st year university in September and he’s been working diligently since the end of grade 12 choosing his courses for next year and filling out the endless registration forms. He even started browsing an online textbook for one of his Fall courses. I personally don’t worry about the “empty nesters’ syndrome” that awaits me this Fall. I can’t wait to:
  • Look in the fridge and find the leftovers I wanted from last night’s dinner for my lunch.
  • Reduce my grocery bills.
  • Enjoy the spontaneity of life with my husband we enjoyed when we were first dating, for example, the ability to head out to a movie or dinner mid week just because we’re in the mood.
  • Significantly less laundry to fold each week.
What about you? How old are your kids and what stage of life are you at?

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  • It’s so important to nourish the time with your husband (sans kids). I hope you and your husband savour every minute of the upcoming week with wonderful meals, lots of wine etc. I’m sure your parents will totally spoil your kids as well … it’s a good deal all round!

    Karyn Climans on
  • Oh, this gives me hope. I don’t think I am going to be one of those women that suffers from empty nest syndrome. Our girls are going to my parents for a week this month. My husband and I have never been in our own home before without children. We can’t wait.

    Lanita on

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