Parenting a 12 Year Old is Challenging
Twelve. We now have a twelve-year-old. This is our second experience with having a twelve-year-old and, oh boy, is it a hard year! Looking back, it was a hard year for me. For kids, it seems as though they are always entering a “new phase” from the time they are born until they graduate. Then the phases seem to have wider gaps between them. Each phase comes with new challenges for both the parent and the child. So, why IS twelve such a difficult year for kids? I am going to give you my reasons and what I learned from my now 16-year-old through his twelfth year.
How to Enjoy Being a Mom
Motherhood is the hardest yet most rewarding job you will ever have. It can also be the most overwhelming job. A new mother can never go wrong if she listens to her instincts and lets go of the worry that can often occupy a new mom’s mind. Once you learn how to relax, you can fully enjoy motherhood.
Taking Some Time Away for a Happy Marriage
Life is crazy enough as it is but then add children and life picks up tremendously. It is SO easy to get distracted with life that you lose sight of what your true main focus should be. No one grows up saying they can’t wait to get married to have a miserable marriage. No one grows up with the idea that they want a house full of wild, rebellious children. Yet, so often that is what happens. In my almost 18 years of marriage, I have found that when life gets cluttered with a super busy lifestyle, your focus gets off of the important things. That leads to a mundane marriage or even an unhappy marriage. The children become out of control from the combination of a lack of communication between parents and decreased attention given to the children. So, what is the solution when life seems to be too busy?! Time away!
It’s a Good Life, Really!
Life is what we make it. For years, I was wishing time away. I love my children but I was also eager for them to grow up and be more independent. Now, they are all pretty independent (still working on some stuff with our 5… almost 6 year old but it’s happening much sooner than I expected). Instead of our lives becoming less hectic… we are seemingly in a constant tailspin. “Our lives are like a runaway!”
Encouragement Comes Just at the Right Moment
written by Jessica Shackelford
Have you ever “met” someone, a virtual influencer, that you instantly felt a connection to? I was first introduced to Amy Roberts while enjoying the Hip Homeschool Moms conference calls on Google Hangouts. This year, I was excited to see that Amy has a podcast called Raising Arrows. Since I have children that are close to her kids’ ages, as well as our commonality of homeschooling and managing a household, I instantly binge listened to the all of her podcasts.