Parenting, it is truly the hardest job I have ever had.
I hate to tell my kids no. I hate to punish them when they have done wrong. I hate making them take responsibility for their actions. But it is my job as a parent to do these things. I love my kids and I want them safe. It is an emotional roller coaster, especially with a teenager. I do not hate being a parent, I just hate them thinking I am the bad guy,
I want them to realize that the things I do are because I love them. It is not because I want to “ruin” their life. It is not because I don’t want them to have fun. It’s because I want them to have a life. I want them to know it is important to make the right choices and that making the wrong choices can lead to very bad things.
It doesn’t make it easy on a parent like me when there are other parents out there that just don’t give a crap. They don’t ask where their kids are going. They don’t make them check-in, they let them run the streets. It makes me look like the bad guy.
It is an emotionally trying job. I love my kids and I hope that someday they appreciate that I cared so much and realize that I love them more than anything.
How do you get through it…knowing your kid is mad because you happen to be a responsible, caring parent? What are some things you do with your teens to keep them busy? What do you do when your kids want to hang out with the wrong crowd?