1) Driving carpool is interesting.
I had to pick up Ethan and 3 other 14-year-old boys from basketball yesterday. All of a sudden, I kind of felt like I was driving a van full of men. Out of the blue, their voices are deeper, their conversations are no longer so juvenile…. hmm. This is interesting and very different. Ethan is still on the smaller side, but he has drastically and suddenly changed in the last few months, too. He has grown almost 4 full inches since March.
2) Bedtime with teenagers is challenging.
It seems darn near impossible to get the boys IN BED before 10 p.m. these days. I know they say teens are “wired” to be up later…. I guess I’m feeling like this is true? No matter how hard we try to make it earlier, around 10 p.m. just seems to be their natural time to want to turn in (or slightly after..). Last night we weren’t even all home from indoor soccer/ swim until almost 9 p.m. Then showers…. plus then they took turns rotating into my room to “chat” on my bed, where I had already tucked myself in to just chill for a bit with the local news on TV + my book. Apparently 9:30-10 p.m. is also their preferred time to sort of randomly putter around the house?! Do I fight this? Embrace/ allow this? I don’t know. 🤷♀️
3) My 14-year-old seems completely uninterested in any “planning” study skill techniques, and it drives me crazy- and worries me with high school on the horizon!
Ethan starts high school next year, but I seriously feel worried that he has no real concept of how to organize his life. I swear that at his age I diligently filled out a spiral assignment notebook every single day, crossed assignments off as I completed them, etc. And I liked it. 🤓
I do not think he ever writes an assignment down. 🤯 We talk about it, and he says he just looks at the white board and then remembers. UMMMMM. Please, child. You are killing me here.
I try to explain that that will likely not work in high school…. or as a, you know, adult, with actual responsibilities!! He doesn’t seem to buy it, and seems completely uninterested in discussing it further.
Again, I’m mystified. I guess this may be one of those things he’ll have to learn from the School of Hard Knocks?? Maybe when he misses his first high school assignment, he’ll figure this out?? Hopefully? (Anyone have tips? Do I push this? Ignore this? Let it ride? I’m clueless.)
Okay, have a lovely Friday and a lovely weekend. It’s a 3 day weekend for me!! We have the MLK Jr. Holiday off. And the boys don’t have school, either.
Asher has an overnight birthday party tomorrow night + tubing at a ski hill on the docket (LUCKY KID!) plus, his swim friend group is having their belated Christmas Secret Santa exchange party on Monday. We still need to run tomorrow and find a gift for the person whose name he pulled- a 14 year old girl! Yikes. I hope I can help steer this one. I know this particular girl seems to like makeup already, so I was thinking of maybe going to Ulta or Sephora and asking them for a rec for some kind of fun product for her??! Or like, a makeup case or something? Asher has no clue what to get if she doesn’t want video game stuff. 😂 I suppose a gift card is always a safe bet, too, but he seems to want to get something that can be wrapped up. This is so not my area of expertise anymore, either… any teen girl moms have suggestions?
Ethan has two basketball games, and I will be taking down the Christmas stuff- finally!!! It’s happening. It’s time. It was time a while ago, but it’s really time now. 🙂
I am grateful for a long weekend. A 3 day holiday with NO ACTUAL HOLIDAY plans/ events/ things I have to do sounds amazing.