teen boys

Jeane - posted on 01/24/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Teen boys are pistols!
My sweet boys are both very challenging, and im a very easy going mom. What to do with the mood swings?! Ive read books...they all say dont take it too seriously....and breath alot....dont lose your cool.....i keep reminding them of people with amputations, cancer, starvation with real.problems when they whine about not having two ps3's!!!!!!!!its ridiculous! Its not like we are rich but we live in an affluent community with very few have nots......any advice on this age with boys. Though i'm a single mom they have a great day. We all say we love eachother all the time....but boys will be boys! And whats up with the staying up.late thing?!?!?!

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/24/2014

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Jeane, I think that, if I didn't second guess myself daily, I'd wonder if I was a good parent! I told one young mom that questioning yourself was your way of assuring that you were doing a good job, and she came back several years later to tell me that she understood that now...LOL

I do have to say that I did have to learn to say "thank you" to my kids, too. You assume that they know that you appreciate when they do their chores, etc, but my 16 yo pointed out to me that I don't actually say it often. I felt horrible, but I fixed it...

Keep up the great work, hon!

Jeane - posted on 01/24/2014

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Thanks shawn, believe it or not they do community service at our church, they've volunteered for lots of things....they've seen.me as a single mom struggle to build a business ....soooooooyou'd think theyd get it without me pulling the starving kids in africa card.
Yes i give them chores....for points.....which add up to getting things they need.

Perhaps if i show mire gratitude they will.
My life isnt easy , but then whose really is?

I think you are right.....its just teens
I was a very good kud as a teen as my beautiful mom worked three jobs while my dad ditched us so i had an appreciation for making moms life easier. Girls are very different than boys.

Thanks for your input....i appreciate it.
J

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/24/2014

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Well, having raised 2 of 'em myself, I have to say that they're only 'pistols' when you allow them to be.

Mood swings happen with teenagers. Their hormones are changing, their bodies are changing...do you recall being their age? In that respect technology hasn't changed anything...LOL

If they are whiny about what they 'don't' have, then why not have them volunteer at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen? My boys regularly do volunteer work in our community, and they are highly sought after young men in that regard.

'it's not like we're rich, but live in an affluent community with few have nots'. Ok, well, its easy to teach kids that you have to work for what you want...both of my kids have purchased all of their desired gaming systems by working. Doing yardwork, doing chores, snow shovelling and mowing for the neighbors...

And, yeah, staying up late...again...most teens do that, mine had 'guidelines' about suggested bed times, but seriously, once they hit teen, they know how much sleep they need to function properly. At least mine did...

You'll get through this, my dear. Sounds like your kids are doing pretty much what all teens do, so they're 'normal' in that respect (or at least normal as teens can be...LOL)

In other words? Don't worry about it. I'm pretty certain you're doing a great job.

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