Lauri - posted on 10/28/2008 ( 9 moms have responded )
I'm 43. I have a 23 yo daughter, a 17 yo son, a 4 yo son and a 9 mo old daughter. Quite the spread. The last 4 years have been a bit tough with my teen son. Last year I could clearly see how much 16 yo's are like 3 yo's with them both in the house at the same time. Just itching to do it "all by myself" but not quite ready.
When my son turned 13 I wondered who this stranger was in my house and where my son went. It is just now starting to get better but there are still times I want to set his hair on fire.
A few weeks ago I had taken his cell away until grades improved. I went to get it from the hiding spot and found a 'display dummy' phone. He'd gone to the phone store, gotten an old display phone and swapped it out.... the day before I was ready to give it back to him (figured that out by the recent call menu).
There have been times I want to say to him, "Can you just TRY not to get caught." But then that makes me wonder about the things I don't know about.
I have one year left with him though, and I know I'm really going to miss him when he moves out. This keeps things in perspective.
My mom was the oldest of 6 kids and emphatically told me how bad the built in babysitter attitude is. So he sits for us occasionally for short periods of time and gets paid. My daughter on the other hand, only lives a couple miles away and LOVES to babysit.
I look forward to getting to know you all!