Homeschooling my teenage son has been a quite awesome experience.  I feel like I know him better than ever.  He turned 15 last week and I must say I’m intrigued and interested in getting to know him more over the next year. Having a teenage child is the most challenging time in a mom’s life, but it can equally be among the most adventurous, mind-stretching and personality altering times of our lives too.  Here are 5 crazy ways my teenager drives me crazy, but also proves his awesomeness.

Teenagers Never Stop Trying

It seems early on teenagers learn that persistence is key.  My son will lie about being on the video game at 10 p.m., get caught, serve a week-long punishment and, without fail, will attempt to play the video game yet again at 10 p.m. the same day he gets off punishment.  Ahhh!  The joys of parenting.  In the same token, last summer he had to go fishing 3 times before he caught a single fish. I guess third time’s the charm. Hey, teenagers have to learn tenacity somewhere.

Teenagers Intensely Focus on Their Talents

Have you ever interrupted your teen while they were making a video?  Talk about getting the stank eye.  My 13-year-old nephew makes videos like he went to school at Walt Disney’s film academy.  His camera angles, perfectly synced lip singing and professionally choreographed dance moves with his 6-year-old sister are the stuff of Hollywood music videos. The selfishness of teenager years goes a long way when it comes to focusing on their interest.

Teenagers Have a Keen Eye for Fashion

Don’t you dare go near my two teenage nieces wearing mom jeans or that lop-sided Kate plus 8 hairstyle!  Talk about playing the dozens.  By the time you leave their house you will appear to have gone through an episode of Extreme Makeover.  Wanna know what’s on trend? Then look no further than the 14-year-old who lives in your house or around the corner.

Teenagers are Great at Keeping Secrets

Unless you’re talking about them, you can rest assured they don’t give a sheep’s butt what you’re talking about.  Other than that, you can trust a teenager to keep your deepest, darkest secret.  Mostly because they simply don’t care.  There is so much going on in their mixed-up heads (from peer pressure to what shoes they’ll wear to the movies and what their friends think about their profile pic on Instagram), that they’ll literally forget your secret right after you’re done telling them.

Teenagers Are Still Kids at Heart

It seems most of the time my son has short-term memory loss.  He constantly forgets to clean his room, walk the dog, put deodorant on, etc.  But, that lack of remembrance goes a long way when it comes to having fun.   Whenever my son is with his ‘bros’ they forget they’re 15 and act like they all just turned 8.  They laugh like it’s the end of the world, wrestle and will even engage his younger siblings in a game of hide and seek.  As much as they’d like us to forget, even at the age of 18, teenagers are still just kids.  So, it’s best we enjoy it with them while it last.

So mamas, what is your favorite thing about your teenage kid?


Cynthia Mendoza

Hello. Welcome to a blog for Black moms looking to thrive while raising kids in this hectic world and the headquarters for Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, a Pittsburgh support group for Black moms. Here I write about raising my three boys, living in and loving Pittsburgh, dating my husband, gardening and all kinds of other stuff. Thanks for visiting. Stay long & come often!

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