It pretty much went away around 17?? Well, by 17 I was a lot better. I dont think it went away entirely until I had my own kids lol!!
Then around the age of 15 he barricaded himself in his room and only came out for food and bathroom breaks. He would sit at the computer with his head phones on and roll his eyes if I tried to get his attention. Then came the laptop and the video games.
This describes my 16 year old son pretty accurately!
I have three kids: 19, 16, 15.
To one extent or another…same shit, different child.
My son is the consummate eye roller. But I call him on it each and every time. I make fun of him: "Was that an eye roll??? What about the grunt?? Where's the grunt. And what are thinking right now…..God what an asshole Dad is???"
He can't help but giggle.
I choose to see through the shit and see the good people that I know are in there.
Really…..generally, it's a phase. I'm pretty sure my folks went through the same stuff with me, my brother and my sister. And..if I do say so myself…we all turned out to be pretty good self sufficient upstanding adults.
My 19 year old has made it through. She is a sophomore in college and a simply wonderful young woman.
I think if you don't take it personally….it'll work out. I mean…as angry as I get when one of the animals pisses or shits in the house…I don't take it personally. It's what they do. And so it is with teenagers.
And yes….I am definitely equating teenagers with remarkably dense four legged creatures. I have an equal amount of control over their behaviors.
"At some point in life, everyone has gambled on a fart and lost." -- Tad...from Craig's List
I feel bad for complaining about her, because now the poor kiddo is home sick with a URI, and is missing tests in 2 of her honors classes, so those will have to be made up. Last night she had a fever, and was coughing, and felt so lousy there was no way she could study. I sent her to bed a 6:30, and didn't hear from her again.
She was appreciative of Momma taking care of her yesterday, with tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, and good vapor rub massage.
When my dd was that age I wrote a chore list every day. I told her I was tired of hearing the crap and seeing the eye rolls. I wrote it and left the list on the table. My rule was that the list had to be done before bedtime. She could do it whenever she wanted but it had to be done right. It worked great and after about a week she was getting the chores done right after school so they weren't looming.
Why was Abraham asked to sacrifice Isaac when he was only 12?
Because if he had turned 13 it wouldn't have been a sacrifice!
D-Day, June 10, 2012