Posted by Len Ramirez, Total Teen Dad | Posted in Total Teen Dad | Posted on 09-04-2010
The teen years are a magical time. A time of discovery about one’s self. To explore new boundaries. They turn to you for everything because they believe you know everything. They trust you with everything. You can do no wrong. You finally realize everything about parenting has come true. It’s what you always imagined it would be.
I know what you’re thinking. He’s mad. He’s drinking way too much espresso. Okay. You’re right. I have had too much caffeine. But I assure you, I’m not losing my mind!
My daughter came to me at 9:40pm the other night and asked if I could take her to Michael’s, a craft store. When I looked at the clock, she said she needed some supplies for a history project. I dropped everything, pickup up the keys, and we headed out to get what she needed. As we walked into the store, they announced the store was closing in ten minutes. “It’s due tomorrow, isn’t it?” I queried calmly.
“Yes,” she sighed. “I’ve got a lot going on.”
If you were watching me on television right now and a camera was pointing at me, I would be looking into the camera right now.
My children are procrastinators. Not so good. But, they seem to handle extreme pressure with such grace. Not so bad. I’ve learned that there is good and bad in everything. We can choose to fight who they are becoming, but we have to remember we’re responsible for shaping them. Thank God the clay is still soft!
Sure, it was late to run to the store and she stayed up until 2:30am finishing that project, but I got to spend some one-on-one time that becomes so rare as they get older and I needed to get out of the house.
This is the kind of moment that can define your relationship with your teen. You can get angry everytime they drop one of life’s little surprises on you, (and it is frequent!) or you can be like me, settle down with a copy of Parenting on the Peninsula, and have another cup of espresso!