Dear Mom and Dad,
Don’t Read This.
Your (Once-Teenage) Daughter
Am I the only adult who, as a teenager, snuck out of the house, made out with boys and worked on getting high as hard as I worked on Advanced Placement Calculus?
I read post after post of parents who are so shocked that their (or other people’s) teens would take a naked picture of themselves or drink a beer.
Am I the ONLY ONE who remembers what it was like to be stupid and impulsive and determined to be in love?
As a teenager, I saw things and did things that were disrespectful and dumb. BECAUSE I WAS DISRESPECTFUL AND DUMB HANGING OUT WITH A BUNCH OF DISRESPECTFUL AND DUMB FRIENDS (no offense high school buds).
I’m pretty sure that’s the definition of teenager.
I don’t understand this forgetting. I mean do only well-behaved teenagers become parents? Parenting is left to the 15-year-old hall monitors… and me?
Of course, in ten years when my son tells me he’s sleeping over a friend’s house, I hope that he’s ACTUALLY SLEEPING AT HIS FRIEND’S HOUSE. But will I cry and moan if he’s not? Will I say: I brought you up better than this? Will I judge the parents of other teens who are getting caught and point to them as bad influences?
No. No. No.
My kid will get in trouble for lying to me, but I’m not going to lament my parenting. This is what teenagers do. It’s not okay, but it’s not some sort of flaw either.
Teenagers are impulsive and emotional. Which is exactly like they should be with too much hormone and only a teeny tiny touch of perspective floating their brains. They are toddlers with sex drives.
(Although I will be THAT MOM who calls the parents beforehand to check that a sleepover is a sleepover. My kids are going to have to be way sneakier than I was…. SUCKAHS!)
I thought that I was invincible as a teenager. And all the crap I put my body and my mind though? I just may have been.
So wake up. Get over it. Oh, and check your liquor stash. Because vodka doesn’t freeze, but the water us teenage idiots use to replace it? Does.