It doesn’t matter how old your children might get, as a parent you’re always going to feel instinctually responsible for them.
You’ll always worry when they’re scared or hurt, you’ll always celebrate when they achieve success. Your children are always your children. Nothing can change that.
That said, it can never be said that raising a child is a simple task.
Of all the periods of parenthood you’ll encounter, perhaps its the teenage years that are the most challenging. Hormones are running wild, school can be an after-thought, peer pressure is introduced and the world is no longer something they’ll only experience with you by their side.
Put plainly, being the parent of a teenager can be a truly stressful time …
The below story is a must read. It’s about a father who had a bad day because his favorite team lost the game. He was feeling down so he though it would be nice if he and his daughter go out and grab some ice-cream.
But, to the father’s surprise, his daughter Anna wasn’t in her room. He didn’t see her leaving the house and got worried in the instant.
He then noticed a hand-written note placed on her bed which said:
“Dear Mom and Dad,
I’m sorry to have to tell you like this, but I’m eloping with my new boyfriend Muhammad.
I’ve finally found true love, and he’s just great! I especially love his cute piercings, sexy scars, cool tattoos and his big motorcycle!
And that’s not all – I’m expecting a child with Muhammad, and I’m already three months pregnant. We’re going to settle down in his trailer, and he says that he wants even more children. I’m so happy!!! And guess what? We’re going to get married next week!
He’s also explained to me that weed isn’t as bad as some people make it out to be, so now we’re growing 17 plants behind our trailer. We’ll have enough for him and his friends, and in return, they’ll give us as many pills as we want.
I do hope that they find a cure for herpes soon, so that Muhammad can get better – he really deserves it. Don’t worry about money – Muhammad’s friends Juan and Stanislav are in the movie business, and they’ve arranged for me to become an actress!
The job pays pretty well, 50 dollars per take, and I get another 50 if there are more than three men in the same scene. So don’t worry about me – I’m 16 years old and can take care of myself.
The next time I come to visit, you’ll get to see your grandchild!
P.S. Dad, none of this is true – I only popped over to Emma’s place to watch some TV. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than The Patriots losing to The Eagles!
See you in a bit!”
If this didn’t put a smile on your face, we don’t know what will.