They tell you a few things about having kids.
I've listen to They for the majority of Their advice but I'm freaking out right now over some of it.
For example, They say you, as a parent, should keep the computer screen in a main area of the house where it can be seen by all.
What They don't tell you is after years of this you want to smash the screen with whatever household item is in your hands because the music and the youtube videos, no matter how funny they are, are a bunch of noise that can drive a parent to insanity.
They tell you the same thing about X-Box and Playstation. Keep your kids at home, be the "hang out house", then you'll know you're kids friends and what they are interested in and it's a good way to keep an eye on them.
Well, I understand this advice but again what They don't tell you is the amount of food that gets consumed and the amount of dishes that need to be done and the amount of noise that accompanies these said children. A day or a weekend of this is OK but when years go by all this is enough to admit a parent to a mental hospital.
They also tell you to pick your battles.
What They don't tell you is that when hormones kick in battles are everywhere.
In case you don't have teenagers let me clue you in:
Teenagers know everything and what to argue about anything.
me: We're going to the store
teen: No we're not we're going to Wal-mart
teen: What are you eating?
me: A sandwich
teen: No you're not, it's a sub
me: I think we'll relax and do nothing tonight
teen: No we won't it's virtually impossible to do nothing because even when doing nothing you're doing something
me: isn't the sky pretty, there's not a cloud in it
teen: yes there is we just can't see it, seriously mom you can't see the sky all over the world
*These are all conversations I've had recently, in a matter of 24 hours.
They don't tell you this stuff.
They don't tell you that even the dog will imitate the teenagers and become more argumentative.
I've even heard Them say the number one piece of advice with teenagers is to survive.
What they don't do is tell you it's easiest to survive teenagehood in a bomb shelter locked away with canned goods and a cot to sleep on, while teenager do this thing called growing up. Seriously, if I had the chance to lock myself away I might very well take it.
Well, with that said I need to go.
I feel a little better
I mean I'm thankful for teenagers who are healthy and energetic and creative and like to be at home.
But if I could only get my hands on those people out there we call "they". I think I'd move them in and let them have my job for a while.
Obviously it's been a rough
Peace, love and sanity,