This week is another NO REST week for me. I want to bawl my eyes out. It’s enervating having to wake up when it’s still pitch black outside, knowing that it’s a damn Saturday or Sunday, but instead of under my comfy blanket, I have to force my butt out of bed to do my Grab driver duties. I usually catch up on my beauty sleep on weekends but not this week. I’ve been flipping my calendar to check when the next public holiday is and it’s not until Labour Day on 1st May. Two more weeks to go!
On the bright side, today I managed to convince Cass to continue with her BM tuition. Cass has just started BM tuition three weeks ago and she’s totally not happy that she’s coerced into it. If she has a choice, she would choose zero tuition. We had a very heated argument over this last week and today she’s agreed not to quit tuition. A big thank you to my mum and the tuition center lady boss for talking her out of quitting. It’s not easy dealing with this moody tween these days. She sucks out all the patience and energy from me lately. And I’ve just realized that with this girl, I can no longer use corporal punishment or threats. It used to work but not anymore. I am still experimenting with other styles of parenting and the best is still through a combo of soft parenting and tough love parenting.
Through all the articles that I’ve read on parenting difficult teens lately, I’ve come to understand that my tween and teenage daughters have little control over their bad attitude. They are not manipulating me on purpose or spending all that time in their room scheming about new ways to annoy me. I often ask them if they are all scheming to drive me to a premature death so that they get what’s written in my Will and I tell them that they won’t get a cent! 🤨 In fact, they too are victims — of all sorts of biological and psychological changes over which they have little control. They are going through a roller-coaster of adolescence, and I am on the ride with them.
Gosh, it’s super tough being a parent!! Letting my “baby” grow up is indeed a painful and difficult process.
Why do I see my friends taking it so easy parenting their super well behaved kids? Or is everything through rose tinted glasses on social media?
Do you have difficult tweens and teenage kids at home? How do you deal with these dopamine-frazzled zombies teens?
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