When Your Teens Act Like Toddlers
I’m so happy to see you.
I haven’t really spent a lot of time if any at all writing about our family.
That’s pretty silly considering I created this blog with the emphasis on family. This blog is a family lifestyle blog so I guess I better get to writing all about family.
I’m an Arizona wife and mommy- wife to the sweetest man on the face of the planet (and my very best friend and partner in crime :o)) and mom to 4 of the most precious blessings in the whole world (3 girls and a boy)! (Want to know more go here…)This right here spurs endless stories and lessons learned. So let’s get started.
I guess I’ll dive right in and talk all about teens since that is what we have a whole lot of. Today we’ll discuss what to do when your teens act like toddlers.
I love living with teens believe it or not. At least most of the time that is.
Our kids are so much fun and such loves. We really are very blessed!
That being said can I just say holy cow about yesterday at the eye doctor.
I had two teens and one tween acting like naughty toddlers.
They started out just fine. They were well-mannered and polite as usual.
Then just as I was settling into reading my magazine on the app Texture one of them said something smart to the other one and there you have it let the games begin. They got to giggling, kicking each other, touching the other one to provoke a response, etc. I just joined in the embarrassing hilarity by launching empty threats and feined disgruntled mom stares when really I just wanted to laugh along with them (I guess you can tell already that I’m far from a helicopter parent probably closer to a free-range parent but most definitely a laid back easy going spirit sometimes screaming inside but definitely most of the time just laid back taking it all in then directing traffic from there.)
I’ve learned that enjoying the moment is the better option because it all works out as it needs to if you don’t give in to the stress and make the situation worse. Trust me if you have three little ones all under the age of four as in three two and new you learn really quickly that taking it all in stride is your only savior. I learned that quite early on and I like to think that I’ve honed in on my mommy skills from there with each new experience. I think sometimes it’s best to follow your instincts when it comes to discipline and really when I had a moment of clarity I realized they were just releasing the week’s pent up anxiety and aggression that comes with being in school these days. They were happy that it was a Friday and happy to be with each other as well as stressed being in a clinical setting. So my instincts were to just reign them in by showing them something on my phone (what it was I had no clue but something in the magazine would come to my rescue and sure enough it did- a fluffy strawberry cake with tons of creamy cream cheese strawberry frosting – yummy enough to all of our hangry eyes and just add some promises that we can make a cake like that this weekend (but maybe cherry chip flavored instead because our youngest has a strawberry allergy) and voila unwanted behavior quashed- so yes, these are my teeny bopper toddlers below the cake:
If you are needing me to appear for speaking engagements and parenting classes or book tours (Just kidding here!!!)O:) I don’t have all the answers but I do have experience with parenting this bunch for 31 years now or 72 years total if adding each child’s age together- YIKES!!! I’M OLD!!! As in dinosaur old!!! What are some of your experiences with teenagers behaving like toddlers? Please tell me I’m not the only one.
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