Everyone is Talking
About parenting teens and how it can be hard AF.
Tell me more.
Janelle Hanchett, the voice behind Renegade Mothering recently wrote, “I have a teenager and a near-teenager and I’m going to say something really loud so it’s really clear: Parenting a teenager is the hardest, loneliest, most emotionally trying phase I’ve ever experienced as a mother…”
Janelle goes on to ask why parents of teens are not supported more. She points out that we have so many support groups for the early years of parenting, but then it’s radio silence when you enter the teen years.
Janelle speaks of the teen angst that can be heart-wrenching for all involved. She shares the pain that comes in the realization that they will be gone in a few short years. “They are your past, and they are your future, and the days are so numbered…ultimately, the mother’s job is in letting go.”
We feel this message so. hard.
Shameless Plug Alert: This is why Trending Parent was created. We’re here to support parents who have moved beyond the baby years and into the trenches of the elementary, tween and teen years. It’s a glorious time, but it comes with it’s own set of challenges. Trending Parent’s goal is to decipher the noise of the parenting world so you can feel supported and be the best parent possible. There’s truth in the saying, “It takes a village to raise kids.”
That’s What She Said
Do you cringe at the thought of explaining sexual pleasure to your kids? Is that topic even in your birds and bees convo plan? Admittedly, it wasn’t in ours.
Therese Sibon, a mom and writer for Lies About Parenting believes that sex ed is failing our kids because pleasure is not a part of the discussion. Sibon says that pleasure is a must-discuss when it comes to educating and helping your children better understand their sexuality, “Talking about the pleasure of sex makes the whole act real – not shrouded in shame or romantic vagueness.” She continues, “Whether your beloveds are toddlers, tweens, teens, or in their twenties, integrating the pleasure principle in any discussion on sexuality will empower them to choose the love they want.”
Lies About Parenting breaks out different discussion points by age and stage in a helpful infographic. It offers some things that you may not have thought about yet when trying to help your children build a healthy and positive understanding of their bodies, sexuality and yes, the pleasure that can come along with that.
Your Digital Kid
Common Sense Media recently released a report, The Truth About Tech: A Road Map for Kids’ Digital Well-Being The report aims to bring to light how media is affecting our kids and how they plan to help parents navigate the digital landscape, which can often come with misinformation about the impact of digital media. The primary goal is to mitigate negative impacts and find the positives so kids can integrate media into their lives in a healthy way.
Spring Break is around the corner and while some of you may be going on a family getaway, it may not be in the cards for all. So, how do you get a vacation-like experience at home? Plan a stay-cation! Hold a family meeting (if your kids are old enough) and decide what is on their stay-cation bucket list.
Local bouncy-house? Check!
A hike in that amazing park in your local area? Check!
Make your own Volcano? Check!
Eating out at that new restaurant (complete with dessert!)? Check!
Work together to set a budget, create your Spring Break Bucket List and make it happen. You don’t have to go away to have some fun and make new memories as a family.
This is one of the cutest Girl Scouts ever (besides our own, that is.) – check out how she got one celeb to help her reach her cookie selling goal. (Hint: It involves her doing a cover of his song).
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