As you all know I have one foot in toddler tantrums and the other one in teen issues. My initial plan for this post was the differences between parenting toddlers and teens. When I sat down to actually write the post though, I realised that there were more similarities than differences. In fact parenting a teen and a toddler are pretty much one and the same.
Don’t believe me? Let me share some of the rules we have in place and you decide for yourself.
Don’t close your bedroom door when you have friends here.
Toddler: We all know that pretty much anything can go wrong if a toddler and their friend close the bedroom door.
Teen: Grandbabies! That is ALL!
Don’t shout at me.
Toddler: Little people tend to shout, often it is not to be rude but it is just their volume setting.
Teens: We had a shout free few years but there have been a few moments recently where voices have been raised.
Pick up the crap on your floor.
Toddlers: It is usually toys
Teens: It is usually clothes.
You need to wake up!
Toddler: Can be dressed while they sleep and carried to the car
Teen: Cannot be dressed while asleep or carried to the car!
Toddler: PLEASE can we put the sound down on the TV, I have let it go.
Teen: PLEASE put your ear phones in, that song is offending me it is so awful.
Toddler: I really hope the mom has wine. Walk into house to scout around before deciding whether to stay.
Teen: I really hope there is no alcohol of any kind anywhere in this house. Walk into house to scout around before deciding whether it is safe to leave or not.
Toddler: PLEASE don’t wake up tonight and want to sleep by me.
Teen: PLEASE don’t wake me up tonight by phoning a friend at 23h30 or deciding to have a shower at 22h00. (We have implement some rules on this now.)
Leaving time/Pick Up time:
Toddler: Carry toddler kicking and screaming out of the play area.
Teen: Hoot and shout his name out of the car so you can leave after waiting in the car for 20 minutes while he says “goodbye”
There are a few things that do change though!
Toddler: YES wear whatever you want, please can we just GO!
Teen: You can wear anything EXCEPT what you have on!
Toddler: I will buy you a pony and a golden tiara if you just eat ONE mouthful of this food!
Teen: I will buy you a car if you STOP eating everything we own by breakfast!
Toddler: PLEASE GO TO SLEEP! YOU NEED AT LEAST A FEW HOURS SLEEP!
Teen: WAKE UP! YOU CAN’T SLEEP ALL DAY!
Different or similar, parenting teens is as challenging and frustrating as parenting a toddler. It is, I think, a little more rewarding because your teen is the light at the end of the tunnel. You realise that you actually have done ok with this parenting thing.
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