August 5, 2009

Stop it right now!

I am the mother of 4 children, age 6 and under. And I love it.

Don't get me wrong. If you have read my blog for any length of time you know it's not easy. My house is constantly a disaster. I change upwards of 8 diapers a day. I get spit up on. I am bitten. Balls are thrown at my face. But I tell you what: I am terrified for my children to grow up.

I don't do well with teenagers. I don't relate well to them. I am terrified of being called into Young Women's. My 6 year old already rolls her eyes at me and I can't stand it. I have no idea what I'm supposed to do when I have 2 teenage girls rolling their eyes at me every 10 seconds.

And so I'm terrified. I tell my children to stop growing all the time and they think I'm kidding. They think it's so funny. But I'm not kidding. I'm completely serious. I will take a poopy diaper over PMS and a bad attitude any day.


Kristina P. said...

This is so funny, as my coworkers and I were talking about this on Monday.

I work with teenagers, and difficult ones at that. And it's my favorite age group to work with. I don't do as well with younger kids. I like to be able to have a normal conversation with them.

BUT, I think as a parent, it's probably much easier to raise younger kids. You still have control. I do feel horrible for these parents with out of control teenagers, who aren't breaking the law so they don't have the court backing, but they don't have the money for residential treatment, so there's very little they can do.

We can't make them come to counseling. It's a tough, tough situation.

Jodie said...

I am so scared for my daughter to become a teenager. She already is pretty dramatic so I can't even imagine what she will be like in 10 years.

Linds said...

Hopefully it won't be that bad, and your girls will be your closest friends. I kind of look forward to that stage a little, but maybe it's because I have boys and if they make it to teenagerhood that means I didn't kill them before then. My baby girl is to little to roll her eyes so I may change my mind in a year or two.

Momza said...

"We teach them correct principals and they govern themselves."--Jos Smith
You're doing the groundwork now--it all works out!

Rochelle said...

I'm afraid for it, and kind of looking forward to it. I don't think I relate well to teenagers either, but I guess I will just have to learn.

wonder woman said...

I feel ya. I think I do okay with teenagers, but I haven't really worked with them since I was one myself. So I don't know anymore.

But I feel ya on the kids growing up. I had a minor crisis last year when Isaac started preschool.

wonder woman said...

Oh, and I love your Mr. Darcy button. Awesome.

InkMom said...

I'm about to deliver #4, at which point I will have 4 aged 4 and under (4, 4, 3, new). Let's trade. I am looking forward to teenagers! (Not that there aren't plenty of joyful moments with the little ones . . . but some occasional personal space would be nice. And I hear teenagers are pretty good about providing that.)

MommyJ said...

How do I always wind up commenting right after my sister? I swear I don't actually follow her around the blogosphere, but I'll click over somewhere interesting, and well, there she is. What can I say. We have similar tastes. :)

I so hear you on this one. I can wear my eight year old's shoes. Yeah. Scary. He seems all kinds of big and old and stuff. I do NOT know what to make of it. I'm glad my oldest is a boy though. All the hard talks will have to happen with Dad first. :)

Terresa said...

Ain't that the truth, sista! Whenever I talk with my friends who have teenage kids, I cringe and think that same exact thing.

What doesn't move us to put a fork in our heads will grow us up, too, right? :)

Debbie said...

My husband and I started a book called "The Female Brain" and it talks about how even at a young age you can see signs of the temper, mood swings, etc.

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