When you are preparing for your first little bundle of joy you are worried about things like diapers and baths and breast feeding vs bottle feeding. I am here today to tell you that you have more important things to worry about! TEENAGERS!

Your little bundle of joy is going to turn into a hormonal teenager in the blink of an eye!

Thanks to my Networking Engineer husband we are always up-to-date on the latest technology. He is very good about keeping us abreast of the newest app that comes out on the market and shows up in blog posts that help kids outwit their parents. I’m honestly not sure how kids find out about these apps. Do they get teenager notifications that we don’t get?

So, after having a couple conversations with a fellow mom who is clueless about her daughters phone and the apps she uses it occurred to me that these are the kinds of classes we really needed as expecting parents.

  • How to be smarter than your teenager 101
  • How to break into your sons phone without him knowing
  • When to interfere and when to let them screw up on their own
  • A monthly meeting on the newest apps that kids love and parents don’t know about
  • How to talk to your teenager so that they will occasionally answer back
  • Refresher course on adulthood: you are the adult, they are the child; keeping them younger longer

We certainly haven’t gotten anything perfect in our house, but I am proud to say that we do talk a lot. Even if it causes me to put face-to-palm more than other moms might. I would rather hear too much than nothing any day.

This will not be my last note on this large topic so there are two things I want tell you for now. Google is your friend. You should be using it as often as you can. If you don’t know how an app works, Google it, because someone else has already documented what you are looking for. There is a 99.9% success rate here. Also on the Google subject; Google apps that teenagers are using right now. Lots of parents are writing about this. I am not the only one.

Second, is a reminder, parent to parent, because I understand the struggle. And because I have had this conversation more than a few times with parents who are going through tough times with their kids. YOU ARE THE PARENT! You are not their friend. They have friends. Your teenager is not supposed to like you. They need you, they love you, they don’t know what to do with those feelings because they also need freedom, but the thing they need most is your parental consistency. It’s your job to keep them in-check; hold them to the same standard that you held them to when they were 6. To use their manners, speak to adults with respect, pick up after themselves in the house, etc. Hold them to their word and give them consequences when they don’t keep it. That is how to prepare them for life.

Stay tuned for more on this subject…