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It's What You Don't Know That Gets You

Now that my oldest is 12 years old this summer is very different than last summer.  A majority of the neighborhood children are this age, or older, so summer days - and mostly summer nights - are taking a different tone.  Mama doesn't like this tone!

It isn't that I don't understand.  I do.  I remember just wanting to "hang out".  Just being with your friends, talking about whatever, until someone's parent called them home, then we all understood that meant we should all go home.  (Side story:  There was one parent that would blow a whistle when she wanted her son to come home.  It always pissed me off.  I would say "You're not a dog!  Why don't they just call your name?"  I was a brat.  I totally get the whistle thing now. )

My mind races with naughty thoughts of what's going on with this group of kids I've known for years.  Even though I know where they are, I have no control over what their doing.  ACK!  Lack of control!!!

I talk to my daughter until she "can't take it anymore" - her words.  I have to step back and hope my words have made it to her head.  To be that lovely nagging voice, er - voice of reason, that stops her from doing... I don't know!  Bad stuff!

Was I really counting down the days until summer vacation?

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9 comments:

  1. Ha! I never grew up around anyone who used a whistle, but now can understand why a mom may want to.

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  2. I so understand your post! My oldest is 12 too.

    Love the whistle idea! lol.

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  3. I hear ya~ As a Mom to a 15 & 19 year old, I have recently been down this path- and trust, me your fun is just beginning! I love the whistle!

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  4. (covering my eyes) It's fine! she is going to do exactly what you've taught her all along. It's our values that our kids will see first right? (lie to me!)

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  5. No I don't want my kids to grow up, I am going to start making a special bubble I think, by the time they are 10 it can be there special home - haha, just kidding. We aren't there yet but I dread that- I know we have to trust our kids and I guess, at that age, make it where they have a safe place to 'fall' if need be but- yes, I'd be counting down to the start of school too:)- www.BreeBee.com

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  6. I still say you are the coolest mom on the block. Hands down.
    And good kids are just that, good kids. (Know what I mean?) Try not to worry too much... I have faith in your parenting.

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  7. Yea... my 15 yr old is due to start a job next week but this week she and her friend have taken over my entire living room... for hours on end. Facebooking and watching movies. Its just crazy! Aahhh is it the end of August yet?

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  8. My daughter is 25 and I still worry...

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  9. Ugh! Mine's 13. It's pure hell! i swear I never knew what stress was until now.

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