Living with teens at the end of the school year

I need to get this off my chest. I know I’m not the only one who has these challenges, and I hesitated if I should bother blogging about it all all. But you know what? I need some positive vibes here from you, or at least some commiserating… 🙄

So allow me to entertain you with a funny story first, and an exasperating one second.

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Wrong place right time

Last night I drove my kid to the wrong venue for practice.

Boo. 🙂

(Just bear with me here…I may sound like I’m complaining but really, I’m just anecdote-ing my life as it unfolds because one day when I’m all alone and old and probably depressed I’ll re-read this drivel and it will help me remember that I went through all these adventures as a parent of kids in sports during the age of the internet.)

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More complications

We booked our trip to Europe for this summer a few weeks ago. The tickets are printed and my girl child is constantly looking at them. She can’t wait and everyone who knows her knows how excited she is.

Last night, I get a school email about her brother’s graduation date. It’s the day after we leave.

Because of course it is. SIGH

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Trust

This is a tricky word, trust. Don’t you think?

Trust is defined as a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. (Wiki)

Trust is something you earn, I think. Not something you give away freely, although that does happen, often. People will trust, sometimes blindly, until that trust is broken.

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Why bother?

An interesting thing happened in a college classroom the other day. The story recounted to me isn’t exactly surprising, but we did later described this situation to our kids in order to impart an important message.

Not surprisingly, the teenager was harder to convince than the tween girl.

Here’s what happened:

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Slings and arrows of family life

I came across this term the other day which I thought was a remarkably accurate description of what normal family life is like for many of us.

All day you’re bombarded by the slings and arrows of daily life. It’s kind of what it feels like, sometimes, right?

You’re going about your routine, you carve out a little space for a bit of personal time, you adjust and adapt to whatever demands external factors dish out and at the end of the day you sink into bed and wonder, what did you accomplish today?

Here’s my answer:

If no one is dead, in jail, or, if they’re lucky, grounded, then it was a good day. 🙄

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