I thought that after the toddler stages, parenting would get easier – less “hands-on.” And it did…for awhile. But parenting an adolescent is tough work. Although I don’t have to remind him not to run in a parking lot, I still need to be aware of what’s happening in his world and be there to listen, offer suggestions (not always solutions), and empathize.
This summer we had our share of growing pains. We’re working on drawing that fine line between nagging and reminding. To which I usually receive an exasperated, “I know!!” (Enter logic: If you knew, why didn’t you do it?). We bicker more. He talks back. He has an attitude. It’s not even conscious. It’s almost like there’s an internal energy that’s pushing back – rebelling. I remind him that it’s not acceptable to speak to me disrespectfully. He apologizes.