Teri,terick89 wrote:I just want to know....who took my sweet, fun, easy-going little ones and replaced them with these moody middle schoolers?? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my kids, but my goodness - not so sure these are the same ones I gave birth to over 12 1/2 years ago. And trust me, I really DO know how I'm SUPPOSED to react to them, but I sure fail on a daily basis and lose my patience.
I know of some good books for parents and how to best raise teens, but what do you all recommend? Any parenting books about teens that have been more than helpful to you all? I really want to enjoy these teen years...I DON'T want to alienate them or be resentful. How's it going for others of pre-teen and teens? Help me embrace the hormone race!
DD - 12
DS - 12
DS - 12
Right there with you (oldest will turn 12 in a few weeks).
I don't have any specific books. A friend of mine said, "They need more sleep than they think they do." She ended up taking away his alarm clock because he would get up way early to work on school so he would be finished by the time all his friends got home from school. My dd was staying up until 10, and getting up around 7, but we've pushed that back to 9, but we really have had to be very firm about it. She wants to stay up and spend time with her daddy. However, I've noticed some improvement since doing this.