“Victoria Grace, did you hear what I said?” I responded in a nonchalant voice tone to Tori’s insistent pleas for her phone.
“Fine! You don’t care if I have a social life or not,” she grumbled as she stomped off to her room. I gripped the kitchen counter until my knuckles turned white and I thought my nails were going to break. I counted to what seemed like a million. I just kept reminding myself what it was like for me at that age.
Currently I have two teenagers and one tween under my roof. Yes, it does sound scary but these are some of the best years of parenting. Your child suddenly begins showing signs of who they will be as adults. Trust me, they will grow out of snapping at you or have the crazy hormonal outbursts.
Raising teenagers is no easy task. They’re dramatic, irrational and seem to fly off the handle for no good reason. There are also so many things going on under the surface we forget about. Their bodies are growing at an alarming rate. Their brains are going through rapid changes too. Then suddenly nature introduces hormones; add in the pressures from school and it’s the perfect recipe for World War Three. You find yourself wondering if you’re negotiating with terrorists instead of a teenager.
This is actually normal, if not healthy. Your child is still your child, but just a more emotional and dramatic version of themselves. They crave being heard and understood while navigating school, friends and other relationships and additional external pressures.